Hey guys! Sorry it took so long to get a chapter out! School has been very busy these last few semesters so I didn't have time to write but now I do. I'm also currently working on the next chapter for Reincarnated as well so expect to have both Reincarnated and True Colors updated next Friday IF I'm around internet. Happy Reading!
Emmett, Jasper and I were busy goofing around and sharing extremely embarrassing stories of our sisters when Emmett reached into his pocket. Bella's phone blinked as it rang and by the look on Emmett's face the caller was about to get an earful from Big Bad Brother Bear. I didn't know Emmett very well but was a pretty laid back guy and it took a lot for him to get mad to the point the vein in his neck was about to rupture.
"That son of a bitch…" Emmett growled.
I grabbed the phone from Emmett only to cast a quick glance at the caller ID.
"What the hell is he calling her for?" Jasper hissed. I shrugged. "You should answer it, Edward. Better you than Emmett."
"She's going to be so pissed at the three of you if you answer," Alice said as she approached Jasper's side.
"Stay out of this, Alice," Emmett snapped. "Go ahead and answer it, Eddie. I know you have a few choice words for that fucker as well."
I glanced at Alice who silently pleaded with me to listen to her. And did I?
Hell. No. I flipped that little phone open and pressed it to my ear.
"Bella Swan's phone. Doctor Cullen speaking," I said as calmly as I could manage.
"A doctor huh?" the voice on the other end sneered. "The hot nurse and the doctor. How cliché."
"Is there something I can help you with? Bella's occupied at the moment. Would you like me to take a message?"
"Are you fucking kidding me? I want to speak with Bella," James snarled.
"And I said that she's busy," I replied as calmly as I could. "Besides I'm pretty sure she doesn't want to talk to the boy who left her to be a single mother and homeless."
"That's a load of horseshit and you know it."
"Do I? I'm pretty sure her attorney is considering going after you for some type of compensation. You know for the emotional distress and abandonment."
"Like Perfect Bella would ever do that. It's only been two months. I'm sure she'd come running back to me if I begged her to."
"I don't know, man. She looks pretty cozy with this big muscular fellow."
"What?! That –" I heard James refer to Bella as a whore just as Emmett snatched the phone from my hand.
"Hey, James! How's it going , pal?" Emmett growled.
"I'm getting Bella. You were civil. Emmett won't be," Alice said before disappearing quickly into the crowd of club goers.
"Listen to me and listen good, you fucking snake. If you so much as think about my sister I will personally pay you a visit at Dartmouth and rip your balls from your body. Got it? … Are you fucking crazy? No, you don't get to be in that kid's life. You threw her and her mother to the curb. You left my sister home alone to have a little fun in the sack and she went into labor! Then abandoned her when she needed you. No one in their right mind would let you near that baby." Emmett's eyebrows shot up into his hair line at something James had said. I glanced into the crowd to see Alice talking to Bella. I lunged for the phone only to be pushed away by Emmett. "Do I have to remind you that my father is a cop? He has a gun… that he wears religiously."
Two threats in one go? Jesus, Emmett. Shut the fuck up already.
The girls were making their way towards us, now flanked by Rosalie, Jacob and Angela. Bella looked absolutely murderous.
"Dude, do you not understand English?" Emmett growled. "If you sue for custody, I. Will. End. You…. What? No, I won't tell you that!... You are fucking delusional!"
"Gotta go, Mom. See you soon. Kiss Kiss."
Yeah. Nice cover, Jackass. Bella will see right through that.
"Who the hell do you three think you are?" Bella growled. "I asked you to hold onto my phone. Not answer it and talk to anyone you want!"
"Hey, Bella. Look, I had nothing to do with it," Jasper told Bella. "It was all Edward and Emmett. The northern cavemen. I'm the southern gentleman."
Bella's glare turned to me and… did she just growl? Fuck that was hot.
"Seriously, Edward? Did you of all people have to get involved?" Bella asked. "What happened with James… that's my business. You should have left it alone."
My hand suddenly had a mind of its own as it pointed at Jasper. "He told me to answer it. I wasn't going to but he said it was either me or Emmett!"
Bella turned on her heels, glaring at Jasper.
"Traitor," Jasper grumbled.
"What was that?"
Jasper stood at attention and visibly paled under Bella's gaze. "Nothing, Mistress Bella."
Emmett snickered and Bella snapped her head around. How the hell does she do that?
"And you! Do you think this is funny? Some kind of game?"
"N-no, Mistress," Emmett stammered. "I-I-I think it's…. wood?"
Wood? The fuck?
Bella held out her hand and Emmett cautiously placed her phone in her out stretched hand. She quickly closed her hand around the small object, causing Emmett to jump.
"Now I need to go and smooth things over with James thanks to the three of you."
"Bella, I wouldn't…" I tried to plead with her. "This is what he wants. He wants you to call."
"Don't you dare tell me what I can or cannot do, Edward Cullen! You are not my boyfriend nor my husband. If I want to call my daughters father, I will!"
Bella didn't even give any of us a second glance. Clutching her cell phone tightly in her hand, she stormed out of the club, only tripping slightly.
"Dude, you are so screwed," Jasper commented.
"Dad is going to kill me," Emmett added.
"Nice going, Bonehead," Alice quipped.
My hands shook violently as I walked out of the club. What had possessed them to answer his call anyway? Don't they realize that he could try to take Addie from me? Did they want me to lose the only thing that mattered to me? If I lost Addie, I was nothing.
I had to try to calm myself before I called James. He needed to see that I was a strong, independent woman and that I didn't need him. I was way better off without him and despite what Edward may think, I wasn't running back to James. Some part of me did hope that he would see reason and be there for Addie but that's all it was. A stupid wish. Even if he declared to be there for Addie, I didn't need him or any man to make me know that I was a good mother. I knew I was every time I looked at Addie. Exhaling, I finally opened my phone and redialed James' number.
Please don't let me regret this…
"James?" his name sounded foreign coming from my lips. A name that used to fill me with such euphoria now only made me feel disgusted.
I shouldn't have called…
"Bella? Hey," James answered on the second ring. This was the James that I had loved.
"Hey," I softly replied. "Alice told me about you talking to Edward and Emmett. I want to apologize on their behalf. They should have let you go to voicemail."
"Edward?" James snarled. I chanced a quick glance to make sure I was still talking to James. What was with his attitude all of a sudden? "Is that his name?"
"What are you talking about?"
"Doctor Cullen," he sneered. "Is that who you're fucking these days?"
I gasped and fought to calm myself. How dare he insinuate that I was screwing around with anyone! "I'm not fucking anyone," I hissed. "And you left me remember? You have no right to be pissed about who I do or don't have sexual relations with. That is my business. What is you with damn men needing to get involved in my personal life?!" I took a breath. "I have to get back inside. Alice is waiting for me. Is there a reason you called me in the first place, James?"
"What? Oh yeah." I heard James talking to someone in the background and my blood immediately ran cold. He was not talking to the bitch he left me for was he? "So listen, I've been talking with Victoria…"
"Victoria?" I hissed.
"Yeah. She's my girlfriend. Anyway, she convinced me that I should give this whole fatherhood thing a chance." He has got to be kidding me… "She can't have children so we were hoping that we could see Addie. Maybe have her fly out around Thanksgiving?"
I huffed. "You do know that she's only two months old right? She can't travel alone and she's breastfed. She needs me with her."
"Are you even listening? She needs her mother – that's me, not Victoria – to survive. And let's be honest here, James. You're doing this to please her! You don't give a rat's ass about Addison."
"She can't seriously believe your bullshit!" Silence. Fucking figures. "I am not sending my two month old to the east coast alone. You want to come to Forks instead? Victoria's welcome as well."
"Um… well, my parents…"
"Yeah. I didn't think so. Have fun with your whore, James. You will not be playing house anytime soon with my kid."
I threw my phone down next to me and watched the battery fly out of it. I could feel the tears coming but I would not cry. I refused to cry. What was wrong with people these days? James wanted nothing to do with Addie. He had only called because he was backed into a corner. How could he do this to me? He was supposed to love me. We were supposed to raise Addie together. why did everything have to fall to shit? Leaning back against the outside of the club building, I covered my face with my hands and finally let the tears go. Edward was right. I shouldn't have called. But then what? Would James just keep calling me? Would Victoria?
Some fucking birthday…
"You okay?' a velvety smooth voice asked. Why hadn't I heard him walk up? Was I that engrossed in feeling sorry for myself? I wiped away my tears and looked at Edward. He was leaning against the wall beside me. I couldn't help but glare at him.
"You were right, okay?" I hissed. "Stupid, naïve Bella Swan should have listened to someone for once in her pathetic little life, right? Charlie never did like James. Why didn't I listen to my own father?"
"Why didn't you just let it go to voicemail? You should have just left it alone," I snapped. I knew I was being irrational but I didn't really care at this point. James accusing me of jumping into a new mans bed then only wanting Addie to please his whore of a girlfriend had thrown all rational thought that I had right out the window. "You know he called because he wanted Addie to visit him for Thanksgiving."
"But that's good, isn't it? He's finally –"
"No! he doesn't give a damn about my baby. His girlfriend – the one he left me for – convinced him what a precious gift she was because Victoria can't have kids." I snorted. "Can you believe it? He doesn't want Addie at all. He just wants to stay in her good graces! I even suggested they come to Forks and he turned me down. If he really wanted to see Addie he would be willing to come here right?"
"Right," Edward murmured. "Well for what it's worth, I think you did the right thing by saying no to him."
I rolled my eyes. "Oh fuck off, Edward. I never would have called him if you and Emmett would keep your damn mouths shut. I never would have answered the selfish prick in the first place."
I tore my eyes away from Edward's face and looked around him. Alice stood there looking small and lost, ringing her hands tightly together.
"You didn't come back in and I got worried," she said softly. I couldn't help but shoot her a gentle smile.
"I'm fine, Al, but can we go now? I don't really feel like partying anymore. Certain people have ruined it for me."
"Um, sure. Let me just go and get Rose and Ange. We thought we'd have a sleepover with Addie."
"Okay then…" Alice gave me a sad smile and I couldn't help but feel guilty. I was letting my anger towards James and the others keep me from having fun. Alice had only wanted my twenty-first birthday to be filled with fun and no baggage for just one night. It was obvious that she felt like she had failed.
I looked back at Edward and glared. "Stay away from me, Cullen. I have nothing else to say to you."
"We were only trying to help."
"Is that what you call helping me, Edward?" I huffed. "You only made things worse."
"Go tell it to someone who cares." I saw my girls walk out of the club and walked away from Edward without another word.
I was so done with idiotic men. Edward was supposed to be one of the decent guys. He was supposed to listen to what I had to say and continue to be unbiased. He wasn't supposed to be involved with my dirty laundry. Feeling a nudge to my left, I glanced over.
"Hey. You going to be okay?" Rosalie asked.
"No but I will be," I answered truthfully. Rosalie wrapped an arm around me while we waited for a cab.
And I would be alright. Maybe not right away but eventually.
James would be easy to forget about but Edward would be hard especially when his sister was my best friend. I was enjoying being around him but after tonight I knew I had to go home. I couldn't keeping being at the Cullens and seeing him daily. It would hurt too much. I had begun wishing for something more.
From now on I was Bella Swan, single white female and I didn't need a man to make me happy. All I needed was Addie and I would be content for the rest of my life.