A/n: So, this was my special contribution to the Texas Wildfires compilation a few months back.
This goes back to that initial day that the texting had started between E/B. If you haven't read, "Who Is This" then you might want to...LOL
The sequel to WIT will start in Febuary;) So, stayed tuned and put me on alert if you want to read it!
Summary: Outtake for Who Is This – Can you fall in love through anonymous random texts? It's possible when you actually know the other person. The story is complete and readers asked for an EPOV from when Edward and Bella had actually been thrown together by their friends, all of them blind to the fact that Edward was the "creeper guy" texting Bella.
I walked into the pizza place where Em and Jazz had our usual table pulled together with another one. That meant the girls were on their way, which I kind of already knew.
I cringed. I felt like an idiot by texting Bella anonymously. But hey, it got her to talk to me in some form. I've tried to talk to her a few times in class but she always diverts her eyes or someone interrupts before I can.
I run my hand through my hair and greet the guys, "Hey." I sat down next to Jasper.
"What's up with you, dude?" Jazz asked and popped me on the chest as I sat down next to him.
"Yeah, you've been a little spacey even for you, the past couple of days." Emmett threw at me while handing me a plate and cup.
I poured some coke from the pitcher and contemplated how to answer them.
"Got a lot on my mind." I stoically answer. They would have my ass if they thought I was messing with Bella. They've already warned me that she is off limits.
But, their warnings were all for nothing because they think that I'm something that I'm not.
When I was in high school, these two girls set me up for what they thought was going to be a threesome. They slipped me some ecstacy and we all started to make out but then I had some sort of reaction to the drug. They freaked out and they left me there.
Apparently, they bragged to the whole party about how I 'did' them both and was so worn out they left me to sleep it off. My friend, Ben, got concerned about me and found me naked and throwing up on the bed. He got me dressed and took me home and explained to my parents that he thought that I had been drugged. I spent two days in the hospital and had to have my stomach pumped.
But, word spread that I was a player with the ladies. They started lining up to be with me and at first, I just went with it. A few blow jobs here, a couple of finger fucks or titty jobs, but I never had sex with any of them. It got to be to much and rapidly spiralled out of control.
It was too late when I stopped it all, because the reputation was already out there.
So, when I met Bella and knew that she was friends with Rosalie and Alice, I hoped that I had an 'in' with her.
Boy, was I wrong. They shot that down immediately, going off my bad reputation from the past. They warned me not to mess with her. That she was a nice, innocent girl who would get hurt by me and my playboy ways. So, I tried to give up this little crush I had developed on her.
It only grew the more I got to know her and be around her.
I wanted a chance, a real chance, for Bella to get to know the real me, not the one that everyone thought they knew. So, I bought a throw away phone and started to text her. I know it was kind of creepy, but I wasn't sure what else to do and one day Rose left her cell laying on the table, so I swiped it, got Bella's cell number and returned Rose's phone.
I carried that number around for a week before I decided what to do with it.
When Rose, Alice and Bella walked into the restaurant, I tried to play it cool. But my heart was racing at the sight of Bella in that Cookie Monster hoodie. Who knew a child's hoodie could have such an effect on me?
I think it was the fact that it showed Bella's personality. While she might be quiet and a little shy it revealed that she had spunk and a sense of humor. I simply adored her and wanted to get to know her even better.
I was so happy when she didn't blow off my texts.
I tried not to let her catch me staring at her but it's hard because she is all my eyes are drawn to.
"How are your classes, Bella?" I asked when there was a lull in conversation.
"Good." She replied with a blush tainting her porcelain cheeks.
I smiled and grabbed another slice of pizza only to have our hands graze as she reached for the same piece.
"Sorry, you take it." I said as I felt the tingley sensation shoot through my whole body at that small skin to skin contact we just shared.
We made eye contact a few times over the next hour and each time she blushed and looked away.
"Bella has a creeper." Rose announced to the table. I was completely mortified and hoped that I didn't give myself away with how I couldn't sit still over this information being shared.
"Stop, Rose. He seems like a nice guy, just a little shy, that's all." Bella defended me...well, not me per se but the alternate me, random texter guy.
"Promise me you won't agree to meet him, alone." Alice demanded of Bella.
"Really, Alice, I think I'm smart enough to know not to meet him alone. My father is the Chief of Police after all." Bella defensively responded and when I tried to make eye contact she gave me this look like she hoped hadn't hurt my feelings.
"Do you know this guy?" I asked.
"He says he knows me, but I honestly don't know who it could be." She sighed as she admitted that.
Good. That's perfect. I wasn't ready for her to know the truth, yet.
"Hey, E we're going to the movies, you wanna come with us?" Emmett asked me to which I casually glanced around the table at the rest of them to gauge Bella's reaction.
She was packing her pizza box to go home.
"Nah, I;ve got some projects to work on, so I'll just call it a night." I hoped they didn't see my excitement, because if they were going out that meant I could probably talk to Bella a little tonight.
"I'm heading home, too." Bella announced to the table.
"Edward, can you walk Bella back to the apartment? It's too late for her to be walking alone." Rose announced like Bella was a small child instead of a grown ass woman.
Bella looked moritified at this suggestion. I had to play this right so as to not tip her off.
"Sure, if that's what she wants." I shrugged and played it off, cooly.
"Maybe just to the end of the block, I'll be fine after that," she said as she pulled a can of mace from her pocket and wiggled it at me.
"No problem." I shook my head and smirked at her as we all said our goodbyes.
We walked in silence for a few minutes and it took all of my willpower not to hold her hand, to tell her the truth and to push her against the wall and kiss the shit out of her.
But, it was to soon. She didn't know me, the real me, yet. I had to be patient.
"Well, this is far enough." She suddenly said.
"Okay. Are you sure you'll be alright?" I asked as I hoped and prayed she'd let me walk the rest of the way.
"I'll be fine." She rolled her eyes, waved and made her way across the street.
I stood behind a sign and watched her the rest of the way home.
I only hoped that she continued to give me a chance to get to know her.
I had it really bad for Beautiful Bella.
A/n: The sequel to the completed story, Who Is This, starts in February 2012!
So honored that I got contribute to this magnificent cause, as a fellow and native Texan, I had several family members directly affected by the fires. I know that all help and contributions are greatly appreciated.
I hope you enjoyed a sneak peek into Edward's mind.