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Story belongs to me, and characters belong to Stephenie Meyer.
My life was a mess.
Not only am I currently about to take my ex-wife to court over our daughter, but I potentially ruined my relationship with my amazing girlfriend.
As soon as Bella left the night that Tanya had called, I didn't know what to do. I started with putting Emily to bed, and then I lost it. I couldn't lose her. If Tanya got ahold of her, she would never let me see Emily.
After I calmed down a little, I spent the rest of the night trying to get ahold of Bella. Around 4 am, she turned off her phone and I got sent straight to voicemail every time. I sent her a few emails begging for forgiveness, and then I tried to sleep unsuccessfully for two hours.
Now I have to force a smile and put all my worries to rest because the person who matters most is sitting in the backseat asking me a million questions.
"Daddy, will Bella come over?" Emily asked as I pulled into the driveway of my parent's house.
"Um, not tonight, sweetie." I sighed as I took her out of her car seat.
"Bella might be busy later." I tried to smile as my mom answered the door and took in my appearance.
"What's wrong?" She asked, as she took Em.
"I'm going to be late for work, mom. I've got a lot to do before classes start today."
"Alright, we'll talk later…" she threw me an unhappy look.
Great, another thing to worry about; Mom's reaction to my screwed up life.
Before she could ask any more questions, I ran out to the car and made my way to Forks High School. Before heading to my office, I made sure to stop by Bella's classroom. The lights were off and the door was locked, so I knew she was trying to avoid me; she was usually always at work before me.
The school day dragged on, and I never even got the chance to see Bella. When I was free, she had a class, and during my lunch, of course, I got called into a meeting with the principal. As soon as the bell rang for class to be out for the day, I grabbed my bag and nearly ran down to her classroom. Once again, the lights were out.
"She raced out of here about two minutes ago." Angela, the teacher next to Bella's classroom replied.
"Oh okay, I'll see her later, I guess." I shrugged and smiled.
"She didn't seem too happy today, she was very quiet." She commented.
After talking to Angela, I had to go catch up with Bella. I usually stay after school for a while, so it wasn't going to be a problem picking up Emily a little late at my mom's house. I figured Bella would probably head straight to her apartment if she was having a bad day, so I started there.
I only had to bang on the door once before I got an answer, but it wasn't the one I wanted.
"Oh, it's you." Alice sneered and tried to shut the door in my face.
Luckily, I stopped it before she could close it all the way.
"Alice, let me see her!"
"First off, you're an asshole, second, she's not even here." She sighed, surprisingly leaving the door open so I followed her in.
"I know, and she's avoiding me so I don't know how to fix this."
"She told me the whole story. I know that you're upset with the whole Emily situation, but you need to respect her. She stayed most of the night to take care of YOUR child. You need to show her that you were wrong for yelling at her and that you care about her." She crossed her arms.
"You're right. She won't answer her phone though, and you won't tell me where she is." I sighed.
"I swore to secrecy that I wouldn't, but I think I can maybe help you fix it." Alice grinned mischievously.
After Edward yelled at me, I was in no mood to deal with him.
Before work the next morning, I left my phone off and in my bedroom drawer. When I had come home in tears, I obviously had to tell Alice what had happened, so she knew my phone wouldn't be with me all day. I told her I was going to the library after school for two reasons: Edward wouldn't find me, and I wouldn't go straight home and mope around the house.
I left for work pretty late to make sure there wouldn't be a run in, and luckily, he didn't come and find me during lunch. Maybe he didn't come to work today. I knew that he was probably up all night, worrying about the situation with Tanya, so I didn't blame him if he didn't want to face work today. Even though I was mad at Edward, I was worried about Emily.
As soon as the last bell rang for the day, I ran to my car and went straight for the library. As soon as I opened my grading book, I found a note from Edward that he had written earlier this week. Have a good day!
Ugh, less thinking about Cullen, more work.
I spent the next two hours grading papers and thinking about my fight with Edward. Finally, it was time to head home for the day. I had a bottle of wine in the fridge with my name on it.
Pulling into the driveway, I noticed that Alice's car was gone, which was weird since she got off work at four. Another strange situation: Edward's silver Volvo was sitting a few spots away from mine.
I let myself into my apartment slowly, not sure what was going to happen. I still wasn't ready to face Edward, but I knew I had to forgive him. He was going through a tough time as it was right now.
"Hello?" I called out as I set my bag down and looked into the kitchen. Nothing. No one was in the living room either, so I was most likely imagining the Volvo outside of my apartment. I need to lay off the caffeine.
I took off my coat and headed for my bedroom, not expecting a room full of flowers and candles.
I looked around in shock, finally setting my eyes on Edward sitting on the bed.
"How did you…Did Alice let you in?" I asked.
"Yes, and Bella, you may hate me right now, but I am so sorry. I didn't mean to yell at you at all, I was just upset, and you do so much already for Em and I. I will do whatever it takes to make you forgive me." He sighed, anxiously.
"Wow…" I breathed. "I was pretty upset, but I can't stay mad at you, Edward. I know you're under a lot of pressure right now." I bit my lip moving closer to him.
He closed the gap between us, kissing me gently. "I'm so sorry…" He breathed.
"Shhh…" I smiled, kissing him back.
"I know this is soon, Bella, but I love you."
"I love you too, Edward."
AHHH. I know I said I wouldn't post this tonight, but I lied, and got a lot done. It's a little shorter than I wanted, but it was actually a good stopping point for me, so yeah! I'll post next when I can, and I'm hoping to get to 50 reviews before the next chapter? Thank you already for your reviews and enjoy your second chapter of the day!