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"It's boys!" Alice squealed. She turned back to smile at Rose and I before plastering her eye back to the peephole.
"Want to take bets on how long it'll take her to accidentally run into them?" Rose asked.
"Can I put my vote in for an hour?" I rolled my eyes and hopped off the couch. "I have to go meet my dad for dinner."
"Too bad. You'll miss the show." She popped a piece of popcorn into her mouth and nodded towards Alice.
"Keep me updated." I disappeared into my room for a second to grab my coat. When I returned to the living room Alice was jumping up and down like she'd just won the Publisher's Clearing House prize.
"There are three! One. Two. Three! One for each of us." Her eyes danced between us.
"Goodbye Alice." I waved and brushed past her. I inched open the door and snuck out before she followed me.
The door to the apartment across from ours was wide open. From what I could see there were stacks of boxes in the living room. Two guys were talking to each other in the kitchen and from the quick look I got, they were pretty cute. I bet Alice will go for the blonde.
I smiled and started down the stairs. As I turned the corner I noticed someone else coming up with more boxes. They were stacked high in his arms, completely covering his face.
"Hey dickwads I could use a little help here!" He yelled as I brushed past him. "Oh! Sorry." He peeked around from his boxes and smiled at me. Fuck me into oblivion he was gorgeous.
"Uh…it's okay." I tried to smile but I knew I probably looked like a kid in a candy store.
"My roommates aren't being very helpful with the move." He adjusted the boxes in his arms.
"I think you're moving in across from me." I nodded and glanced at my watch. "Here let me help you."
"No you don't have to do that…" He shook his head, but I reached for the top box anyway.
"It's the neighborly thing to do." I started back up the stairs.
"Well if you ever need a cup of sugar I'd be happy to oblige," he said from behind me.
I felt a little weird just walking into their apartment so I stood aside and let him walk in before me.
"Where do you want this?" I asked.
"Anywhere is fine." He set down his boxes as the other two guys turned towards us.
"Who is this?" One of them asked.
"This is our neighbor…actually I didn't get your name." Sex God turned towards me and scratched his head.
"Bella I'm Edward." He held out his hand and smiled.
"And I'm Emmett." He pushed his way between Edward and I and vehemently shook my hand. "That's Jasper." He nodded over at the third guy.
"Nice to meet you all. I'm really sorry, but I have to run. I have dinner reservations so…" I glanced at Edward. "I guess I'll be seeing you."
"Be seeing you." I swore he winked at me as I walked out but I could very well be imagining it.
I hurried down the stairs and called my dad to tell him I'd be a few minutes late. By the time I got to the restaurant he was already seated with a glass of whiskey for each of us.
"Hey Bells." He stood up and gave me a hug.
"Hey Dad, how are you?" I sat down and took a drink. My dad and I were more similar than either of us cared to admit. I mean the physical aspect was definitely there. I'd inherited his dark eyes and dark hair, but there was more. We both loved old movies, a good game of poker and a smooth glass of Jack.
"Doing pretty well. How about yourself?"
"And the girls?" He smirked. My dad knew about the shenanigans me and my roommates tended to find ourselves in. Mostly because he was the one cleaning up after us when we were in high school. Being the police chief's daughter actually has its advantages when you get caught painting penises on the principal's minivan.
"Good as ever," I laughed. "How's work?"
"Slow. I won $40 off of Deputy Sean the other day. Full house." He smiled and sipped on his drink.
"Working hard I see." I playfully narrowed my eyes at him as the waiter stepped beside me.
We had a nice dinner catching up about what was going on in my life. He asked about Mom of course. They divorced when I was four but it was easy to see he was still in love with her. She remarried before I left for Seattle and lived in Florida with her new, younger husband. I never thought my mother would turn out to be a cougar, but she bagged a guy probably young enough to be my older brother.
After dinner I made my way back to the apartment, feeling a little buzzed from the alcohol. As I walked up the stairs my thoughts drifted to Edward. When I reached our hallway my eyes glanced between our two doors, debating on whether or not I should knock on his. He did offer to give me a cup of sugar right?
I took a deep breath and stepped in front of their door. I had no idea what I was going to say to him, but I guess I'd cross that bridge when the time came in about five seconds. I cleared my throat and was about to knock when I heard men's voices…from my apartment.
"Thank you for dinner Alice," a voice said. It almost sounded like that Jasper guy. I rolled my eyes. Chances are Alice ordered take out and transferred it over to our pans to make it look like she cooked. I was the only one who ever used that kitchen.
"Will Bella be home soon?"
My breath hitched in my throat. That was definitely my Edward. Well Edward. Not my Edward. Which was unfortunate for my Lady Bits since they've become quite fond of him as of recent.
I turned around and stepped into our apartment. I wasn't surprised to see all three of them, Jasper, Emmett and Edward sitting around the dining room table with Rose and Alice. There were plenty of empty beer bottles lined up already on the countertop and a few pans of food.
"Speak of the devil…" Rosalie smirked.
"Hello everyone." I set down my bag and shrugged out of my coat.
"How was your dinner date?" Alice asked. She inched a little close to Jasper. I guess my inclination from earlier was dead on. She went for blondie. Rose seemed mildly amused with Emmett, which was saying a lot for her.
"Fine. How was your evening?" I cocked my eyebrow and smiled.
"Fantastic." Alice jumped up and threw me a beer. There was an empty chair next to Edward so I took a seat and popped open my bottle.
"Bella…" Edward said.
"Edward." I nodded and took a sip. "How is it that you ended up in my apartment? Did you take a wrong turn in the hallway?" I teased.
"This isn't our apartment?" He faked shock and slammed his beer down on the table. "Damnit! Guys! We went into the wrong apartment again!"
"It's an easy mistake. Anyone could have done it. Since you're here I guess you could stay for awhile."
"Oh can I?"
"Yes you can." I leaned closer to him before I realized I was flirting. I didn't deny it. That was the first step was admitting you have a problem. I've become severely attracted to this man sitting next to me and I hope its incurable.
"So what have you guys been doing?" I asked.
"Oh you know we just had some dinner," Alice shrugged.
"And booze." Emmett laughed and patted Edward on the back.
"I can tell." I smiled and took a sip.
"It's our housewarming party."
"But you're not even in your house."
Edward laughed and started choking on his beer as the rest of the group broke into their pairs and started chatting.
"You're very clever you know that," Edward mumbled.
"It's just one of my many talents." I smiled.
"Is that so?" He threw his arm around the back of my chair and we drank our beer in silence.
I kept glancing over at him, gauging how drunk he was. I didn't know the man that well so I obviously wasn't versed in the stages of Drunk Edward, but I noticed his eyes were starting to glaze over so I figured he was pretty gone.
I got up and collected all the dishes from their dinner. As I walked over to deposit them in the sink I heard someone scrambling behind me.
"I can help you," Edward said, stepping behind me.
"Okay. I'll wash, you dry."
"Deal." He slung the towel over his shoulder and waited.
We washed the dishes while the others migrated to the couch, but I doubt they noticed. They were too absorbed in their own little worlds. This wasn't to say that I wasn't totally absorbed in Edward and the way I felt every time his arm brushed against mine.
Alice turned on some music and I found myself swaying my hips a little to the music despite my distaste for dancing. It wasn't that I hated it necessarily; I just chose not to do it for fear of starting the apocalypse with my horrendous moves.
"I have a confession to make," Edward mumbled, keeping his eyes on the dishes.
"What's that?" I washed the last dish and turned towards him.
"I already have a crush on you. Maybe…slightly."
"I didn't realize you were so forward Edward." I smirked and crossed my arms in front of me.
"It's the alcohol." He threw the towel down and turned to me. "So what do you think?"
He took a step forward and placed his hand lightly on my hip. I might have been really nervous if I hadn't been drinking. Dear Lord please don't let me vomit on him.
"About my confession?" He smiled slightly and licked his lips.
Someone cleared their throat across the room and I realized everyone had fallen completely silent. I glanced over at them and noticed their eyes all glued to Edward and I. I could only imagine how this looked, how intimate our stance must be to them.
I took a step away from Edward and felt my blush radiate through my body. I darted towards the bathroom to escape and let them forget about what they just saw. It wasn't that I didn't like it; I just don't want to be on display like that. And plus I'll never hear the end of it from Alice and Rose.
I finished the rest of my beer in the bathroom and finally exited to grab another. I may or may not have taken a few shots in secret. I'm sure it looked a little odd sticking my head halfway in the freezer, but I told them I was just looking for ice cubes.
I got stuck sitting next to Edward again. Not that I'm complaining but I knew it was a plot by my roommates to get me some action. I hated being set up. It was like the ultimate desperate cry and I was doing fine capturing the man's attention all by myself.
"Are you okay?" Edward whispered, brushing his nose into my hair. He put his arm along the back of the couch.
"Yeah." I nodded.
Two episodes of Friends later, I was drunk as hell. My fingers and toes were buzzing and my limbs felt light as a feather. I barely noticed Edward running his fingers lightly along my shoulder, but I noticed. So did my stomach and my lady bits because they were both fluttering in anticipation at his touch.
I found myself scooting a little closer to him and almost found the nerve to feel up his leg right in front of everyone, but the ringing of his phone stopped me dead in my tracks.
He cursed under his breath and maneuvered it out of his back pocket. He clenched his eyes tight and sighed as he read over the name and hit ignore. It rang again two seconds later and he excused himself to answer it.
"What do you want?" He stepped into the kitchen and tried lowering his voice but we could all hear him anyway. "No Tanya….No Tanya….No."
"Who's Tanya?" Alice asked.
"His ex-girlfriend," Emmett said. "She's bat-shit crazy."
"Yep." Jasper nodded his head and took another sip of his beer.
Edward stomped back into the room and threw his phone down on the couch beside me.
"I'm going to kill my mother," he said.
"What'd she do now?" Jasper asked.
"She told her our new address."
A moment later we all heard footsteps in the hallway that were distinctly high heels.
"No!" Emmett whispered and started laughing as he ran towards our door. He looked out the peephole and doubled over. "We have a visitor," he said softly.
We all ran to the door, anxious to see. We heard her knock on the boys' door.
"Edward! I know you're in there!" Her voice reminded me of a wounded Chihuahua. She pounded again. "I'm not leaving until you come out and talk to me."
"I should go talk to her." Edward reached for the doorknob.
"Why the hell would you do that? She'll be gone in ten minutes." I pulled his hand back.
"You obviously don't know her." He reached for the doorknob again and pulled it open. "Tanya."
"What are you doing over there? Did I get the wrong apartment?" She asked.
"It doesn't matter. You need to leave, I don't want you here."
"Baby, I made a mistake. I don't want to be apart anymore," she whined.
"Tanya…" Edward sighed.
"Come on Edward, we were so good together."
"I'm not doing this."
"Well I'm not leaving." I heard her stomp her little heeled foot and I laughed.
Nothing could have ever prepared me for what I did next. I had no idea where the little crazy idea came from or why I decided to go through with it, but I did.
I pulled my shirt off, whipped open the door and stepped outside with a big smile on my face. I wrapped my arm around Edward's waist and pulled him close. So much for not being on display.
"What's going on baby?" I asked.
"Uh…." Edward's brow furrowed in confusion for a moment as he took in my bare skin and dark blue bra.
"Who's this?" I nodded to Tanya.
"I'm his girlfriend," she snapped. She glared daggers at me and my fingers as they lightly groped his hip.
"Ex-girlfriend," Edward corrected.
"Well we're busy ex-girlfriend." I turned towards Edward and brushed my hand down over his ass. "Weren't we?" I winked at him and he finally caught on to my game.
"Yeah. Very busy." He pulled me closer.
"Actually I need to tell you something." I smirked at him and pulled myself up to his ear. I pretended to whisper dirty things in his ear and he laughed and played along perfectly. He even moved his hands south to cup my ass and pull my hips to his.
As I pulled away, his eyes connected with mine. For one brief moment the whole world stopped around us and I pushed myself up a little further to press my lips to his. This wasn't part of the plan. I wasn't going to take it this far, but here we are making out in the hallway. Me in my bra, his ex-girlfriend ready to machete my ass and all of our friends sitting on the other side of the door watching.
She gasped in disgust as he whipped me around and pressed me tightly against the wall. His tongue lightly caressed my bottom lip, begging for permission. I parted my lips slightly and allowed him inside. I felt him smile against me before dipping down to my neck. He nibbled and sucked on my skin as my eyes fluttered open. I smirked at Tanya and shrugged. She stomped her foot again before screaming and darting back down the hallway.
"She's gone," I whispered, trying to catch my breath.
He stopped kissing me, but his lips lingered for a moment against my skin before he pulled away.
"Um….where the hell did that come from?" He started laughing as the door flew open.
"That!" Emmett slammed his fist against the door. "Was fucking brilliant! You're my new favorite person!"
"Thanks," I mumbled. I stumbled inside and that was it.
I woke up the next morning with no recollection of anything after the hallway incident. My head was pounding before I even opened my eyes. I finally inched them open and realized I was in nothing by my underwear. I'd made it to my bed somehow, but I have no idea how I got there. I groaned and rolled over, stopping abruptly when I ran into a bare chest. I felt up and down it, trying to figure out if I was dreaming or hallucinating.
"Not that I mind you doing that, but…what the hell are you doing?" Edward asked.
I screamed and pulled the covers up over my bare chest before reaching for the lamp beside my bed.
There he was. Right beside me in all his gorgeous glory. He squinted into the light as I took in his form. He was in nothing but his boxers and a wave a panic shot through me. Did we do what I think we did? I sure as hell hope not because that's something I definitely wanted to remember.
"Edward…did we…" I motioned between us. "I mean did we….have sex?"
He cocked his head to the side. I held my breath as he started to speak…
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