A/N: The second of two brand new multi-chapter fics I'm working on. This story came to me a long time ago and is somewhat based on the songs "Cool Thing" and "Holdin' On" by Rascal Flatts. My wonderful husband co-created this story with me and is very happy I'm finally writing it. He won't be writing anything since he doesn't write, but he will be reading it and helping me as we go along. Isn't he sweet? =D With that said if anything goes wrong in the story it's his fault lol...j/k.
Like the other multi-chapter stories I'm working on, I'm hoping to update this story twice a month, but please don't hold me to that since things come up in my RL all the time.
Thanks sister_liz for being a wonderful beta and friend who I can always count on. And thank you to Christag_banner for another wonderful banner for this story.
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I woke up after a drunken night of sex with some tourist chick I barely knew. I needed to get out before she woke up and expected some sort of cuddling or future dating. None of that was my thing. All these tourists were exactly the same. They were easy and never came after me for more once they got the hint I wasn't coming back. Besides, after a few days they always left anyway and just looked at me as a summer fling.
Living in one of the most popular tourists spots in America definitely has its perks. My best friend from college, Emmett, moved to Hawaii right after college graduation. He had a cousin who lived here and he wanted to start up this parasailing business. He wanted Emmett, the business major, to help him. A few years after Emmett moved here, I literally showed up on their doorstep and, I became a business partner in a sense.
We really weren't as successful as we thought we were going to be, but we got by with what we made. We all lived together in a decent house, which was right on the water and close to the dock. You would think living with the two guys I worked with on a daily basis we would end up hating each other, but we really never fought or got on each other's nerves. Maybe it was because outside of work none of us were really ever home much.
Jasper has had this girlfriend since, I don't know, birth. They have grown up together and always knew they would end up together. Emmett and I questioned why he hadn't asked her to marry him yet. I guess he was a chicken.
Emmett on the other hand was still trying to get into the pants of Alice's best friend and roommate, Rosalie. Rose was beautiful and she knew it. She had all the cards in her hand. She was a fucking flirt and had Emmett eating out of the palm of her hand. He would do absolutely anything for her and it made me sick to watch them.
I refused to be tied down to anyone. I didn't date, I didn't form attachments to girls, and I never slept with a local. I strictly went after tourists just to get laid, and then I left. I never brought any of them back to my house, I never introduced any of them to my friends, and most of them knew very little about me at all. It's how I liked it. I didn't want a girlfriend. I didn't need one girl to make me happy. I was happy with the way I ran my life even if my friends weren't so keen on my choices. Alice became the most vocal with her opinions of my life, which irritated me to no end. For some reason she thought it was her duty to fix me. Unfortunately, there wasn't anything that was going to fix me or make me change. I didn't need to change.
After leaving the hotel room of whatever girl it was I had just spent the night with, I headed for the dock like I did every morning. I hopped on the boat and quickly did a check to make sure everything was in proper working order. The last thing we needed was some tourist suing us for improper equipment.
"Hey, Edward," Emmett greeted as he hopped on the boat. "So, who was the lucky girl last night?"
"I don't fucking know. I usually don't ask for their names," I answered.
He shook his head and rolled his eyes. "You know, one of these days you're going to end up with some sick disease and they're going to have to cut your balls off," he warned.
All I could do was laugh. No disease I knew of would require me to lose my balls. "I use protection, Dude. I have nothing to worry about."
"Condoms don't protect you from everything."
"Will you stop sounding like Alice? God, it's bad enough coming from her, I don't need it from you too. It's my life and I'll do what I want."
"Aren't you at all worried about sleeping with the wrong girl one of these days?" he asked.
"Nope," I answered, jumping back up on the deck and walking towards the house, which was just down the beach. I was so sick of hearing the same bullshit from all of them. These were supposed to be my friends and they needed to back off. I never interfered in their choices. Why did they feel the need to interfere with mine?
I walked down the beach and slipped through the sliding glass door and walked straight to the kitchen. There was only one thing on my mind at the moment; to get rid of the major hangover I had and to calm my nerves. Emmett's lecture on the dock did not help. I grabbed a beer from the fridge and sucked down about half of it in one gulp.
Moments later I heard playful giggles coming from my nemesis, Alice. I watched as her and Jasper walked out of his room and towards the kitchen with fucking smiles on their faces. Jasper was only wearing a pair of boxers while Alice wore a flimsy t-shirt of Jaspers, which hung to her knees. They made me sick.
"You're drinking this early in the morning?" Alice asked.
"Yep, I am." I tipped the bottle back taking another large gulp.
"Where were you last night?" she questioned rudely.
"What are you, my mother?"
"Sometimes I think you need a mother. You need someone to tell you you're fucking your life up by doing the crazy shit you do."
"Alice, don't start," Jasper warned.
"Well, thankfully for me I don't have a mother who cares, and I definitely don't need you caring," I shot back. I sucked down the rest of the beer and walked to my room to change my clothes and brush my teeth. I slipped out the sliding glass door in my bedroom and went back outside. I sat on the beach for a little while until Jasper came out.
"I know you don't like it, but she means well," he defended Alice's comments.
"Whatever, Man. I don't care what she says. I never have and never will," I said letting it go.
"We should get going. We have a large party coming in today and we need to make sure we have everything ready," Jasper informed. I hopped up and headed down the beach with him. Out of everyone, I think Jasper was the only one who wasn't judgmental of my life. Emmett tried not to be, but being the only one who knew me before I moved here, he had concerns about who I'd become. I was different now, but there was nothing wrong with different. People change. Life changes. And my life changed in a pretty drastic way, years ago, which I never wanted to go back to, and I did everything I could to not think about it.
"What's the agenda today?" I asked as Jasper and I walked the beach.
"First thing this morning we have a party of twelve going out. All college girls visiting for the summer," he informed wagging his eyebrows at me. Even though he was totally committed to Alice, he never seemed to have a problem with looking as long as he didn't touch. A small smirk spread across my lips with the thought of some pretty girls who I'm sure would be looking for a hookup. "We should be busy with them for most of the day and it'll be a nice payout. They all want to go up."
"Good, we need the money. I've noticed one of the rudders on the boat is starting to pull to one side. We'll need to get that fixed soon."
"Yeah, we will. The boat could use a good scrub-down and maybe even a new paint job. And a few of the life jackets are getting a little warn out. We should replace them."
"Hold up, we aren't getting that much extra. One thing at a time. We can't afford all these changes. If we do a paint job we'll be out of work for at least a week. We can't afford that right now."
"I'm aware of that, Edward. I wasn't saying we do it all at the same time. I'm just saying these are all things we need to do eventually. We'll need to talk it over with Emmett and see what we can do for now."
"Alright, we can discuss it tonight after we get back from this job," I suggested.
"Oh, that's right. I forgot. Alice's cousin is coming to visit for a few weeks during her summer break and I sort of promised Alice we would take them out on the boat and give her a parasailing lesson," Jasper explained.
"You didn't?" I retorted. "And let me guess, this is free of charge?"
"Sorry, Man. It's Alice's cousin. She lives in Ohio and never gets out. This is literally her first trip away from home and her first plane ride. Alice wants this vacation to be special for her."
"Well, I guess this big job we have today is down the drain for this free trip you promised," I complained.
"It's not a big deal. We'll just go out, throw her up in the harness and come right back. We don't need to give her the whole tour we do for paying customers. We'll figure it out," he assured.
"Where've you two been?" Emmett asked as we reached the boat.
"Dealing with the shrew," I answered.
"Hey!" Jasper warned angrily. I chuckled and jumped onto the boat. Emmett covered up his laugh from Jasper, but I saw it.
"This party should be showing up any moment now. Are we ready to go?" Jasper asked attempting to let my rude description of his girlfriend go.
"Everything checked out," Emmett informed. "I'm not sure we have enough life jackets onboard for such a large party, but we'll have to make do."
"Let me run up and ask Phil if he has any extra life jackets we can borrow for the day. I'm sure he'll help us out." I took off up the dock just as I saw the party of girls come walking down the deck all giggly and wrapped in nothing but their bikinis. This was going to be a very good trip.
"Hey, Phil," I called out to the old fisherman who we had all known for years. He peaked out of his boat looking all scruffy and drunk. He looked quite similar to how I did on most days.
"What can I do for you, Edward?" he asked cheerfully, despite how he looked.
"Do you have a couple extra life jackets we can borrow? We have a fairly large group of women going up today and we don't have enough."
"Not a problem. Take as many as you need. I'm not going out today so I won't need them. Just make sure I get them back at the end of the day."
"I will. Thanks, Phil."
I gathered up all the lifejackets I could find and walked back to our boat where the girls were already gathered. I stepped through their group intentionally and threw the life jackets on board. This was always the best part of the job. Women loved it when you showed off and looked like you knew what you were doing.
"This is Edward. He'll be harnessing each of you to the sail and getting you all strapped in before you go up," Jasper explained. I smiled and tipped my head towards them. Not a single girl didn't smile and give me the look. The look of "I'd tap that". I was sure each and every one of them would be slipping me their number before the boat ride was over. This is why I never wanted to be tied down to one girl like Jasper, and even Emmett, who technically wasn't, but was. They were missing out. As Jasper continued to go over safety rules and guidelines I continued to prepare the sails and get the boat all prepped for the girls to board. I took my shirt off halfway through the lecture causing a few of the girls to noticeably sigh.
Emmett rolled his eyes and shook his head. "You're fucking pathetic, you know?" he whispered covertly so no one would hear.
"What? It's hot out," I defended with a smirk on my face.
"Sure it is."
"Alright, Ladies, if you're all ready we can get going. Jasper held out his hand as each girl slowly and nervously stepped into the boat. I showed them to their seat and handed them each a life jacket, while Emmett took their safety and insurance paperwork as well as their money.
"Will the boat be going fast? I like going fast," one girl said as flirtatious as possible.
"We will if you want us to," Jasper flirted back with his famous little dimpled smile the girls went crazy for. Yeah, and I was the pathetic one.
The girls giggled as Jasper started up the engine and warned them to hold on tightly. Emmett and I shared a look of utter embarrassment for him. We couldn't even go fast until we were out of the dock area. He was just getting them all excited for nothing.
Once we were past the slow section of the ocean Jasper sped up and took off across the water. The girls were definitely not expecting the bumpy ride. They were all squealing and holding on to each other tightly.
We came up to some of the tourist stops and slowed down, pointing out the coral reefs and the caves along the banks. There was even a pod of dolphins in the distance we pointed out to them. After a while, we slowed and started going over the final guidelines while they were up in the air. They paired up and decided who would go first.
I pulled the first pair to the side and got them fitted for the harness and tightened up their lifejackets.
"You're name is Edward?" one of the girls asked.
I smiled up at a beautiful blonde and nodded my head.
"Do you have a girlfriend or a wife?" she asked.
"Good. I'd like to invite you to a party we're having at our hotel suite tonight. Your friends are welcome to come too."
"Well, for them I don't think it would be possible since they both are tied down."
"Too bad," she sympathized. "But you'll come, won't you?"
"I'll see what I can do. Maybe I can swing by for a little while," I vaguely promised.
Her smile was full of enthusiasm and interest. Girls were so easy. She gave me the name of the hotel they were staying and the number of their room. I nodded my head and assured her I knew where it was.
I snapped the girls in and motioned for Jasper to let him know they were ready. Moments later they were up in the sky screaming and shaking their legs in fear. It was actually quite humorous. Doing this job you really had to learn to hold back from laughing at most of the people. It really wasn't anything to fear. Parasailing was probably one of the easiest and least stressful ways to go up in the air. But it wasn't uncommon for people to get scared when they first went up.
After each of the groups went up and we gave them a little more of a tour around the island we headed back inland. As we docked we were given a fairly large tip for our services. These were definitely girls who had money to spare; either that or they had parents who handed over credit cards for their own personal use. Either way, they made the trip today very worthwhile.
After helping each and every one of them back up on the dock we all stood there and watched in admiration as they walked up the dock and out of site.
"Damn!" Emmett expressed. "Remind me again why I've been wasting my time with Rose, who doesn't give me the time of day, while those girls right there would give it up so easily?"
"Sucks to be you," I teased. "I was invited to a party they're having in their hotel room tonight. I'll be having some fun while you get blue-balled by Rose yet again."
I gathered up the lifejackets I borrowed from Phil earlier and stepped out of the boat with a satisfied smile on my face.
"Come on, Man. Let me go with you tonight. I've got to get laid. This little game Rose is playing is killing me," Emmett begged.
"You don't need to beg. You can both come if you want," I pointed out giving Jasper a questioning look.
"No, you both go. I'll be staying home."
"Well, I'm definitely in," Emmett assured.
"Definitely in for what?" Rose asked, walking up behind us with her hands on her hips.
"Nothing, Babe. It's just talk." She glared at him, unconvinced of his answer.
I laughed and patted him on the back. "Good luck with that," I teased. I walked past them and headed up towards Phil's boat. He was lying out on the deck taking a nap when I walked over. I tried to not wake him when I put the lifejackets back, but he stirred and sat up when I boarded his boat.
"Back already?" he asked causing me to chuckle.
"Phil, it's almost four in the afternoon," I pointed out.
"It is? Damn, I slept through the whole day," he complained.
I chuckled lightly as I put the lifejackets back in their spot.
"Well, what are you boys up to now? Anything fun going on tonight?" Phil asked.
"Unfortunately, we have to go out one more time," I rolled my eyes as I mentioned it. "Jasper promised his fucking girlfriend we'd take her cousin up today."
"Oh go easy on the boy. He's a man in love who needs to please his woman. If you had a woman you'd do that same thing."
"I won't ever have a woman so I've got nothing to worry about."
"You know I used to think the same thing. I didn't need anyone. I didn't need love or affection. I didn't need someone to come home to every night. All I needed was a good fifth of Jack and an easy lay. Now look at me? I'm more pathetic now than I was then. I can only get laid if I pay the girl. I'm old and a drunk, and all I got is this boat. Don't let love pass you by when it's staring you straight in the face," he ordered.
"How much have you had to drink today?" I asked with a raised eyebrow and a curved up lip.
"Too much, I'm sure. But I'm serious, Edward. Jasper is doing it right. He'll be the one who ends up happy while we'll be wishing we had what he has. Just remember that."
"I'll keep that in mind," I promised with an unenthused laugh. "I'll see you around, Phil. And thanks for letting us use the lifejackets."
I hopped back up on the dock and walked towards our boat where Alice and this cousin of hers were already getting in the boat.
I hopped in just as Jasper was starting it up again.
"There's Edward," Alice said pointing me out to her cousin. I made a face behind her back towards Emmett who just smirked at me.
"Edward, I want to introduce you to my cousin," Alice called. I turned around to suck it up and was stunned into submission when my eyes fell upon her. I'd never been more blown away by a female. What the hell was wrong with me?
"Edward, this is Bella, my cousin from Ohio. Bella, this is the idiot I was telling you about," Alice rudely introduced.
Bella giggled bashfully and ducked her head. "Hi. It's nice to finally meet you," she said in the softest, sweetest voice I'd ever heard.
"Yeah, you too," I said in return trying not to look like a fool in front of her.
I turned back towards Jasper who was watching me with his famous grin. I glanced towards Emmett who pretty much had the same look.
"Are we going or what?" I asked.
"Yeah," Jasper answered turning back to steer the boat.
I shook my head and rolled my eyes at the looks I was getting from all of them, as we all took our seats on the boat and headed out on the water. This was going to be a long fucking night.
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