Emmett was beyond livid due to his beloved's stubborn as hell refusal to change their day of sight seeing in Milan. He was also very hurt that she didn't trust him when he told her that he had her best interests at heart and knew she'd love Alice's surprise. Emmett had gone so far as to tell her it was a once in a lifetime type of opportunity. He reminded her that Milan was not going anywhere and they could visit again on their Orient Express honeymoon. Grace would not budge until he was forced to spill the surprise. Then she squealed with delight and hightailed it out of the room to go have breakfast, leaving him in the proverbial dust.
Alice had been working her contacts for months to get herself an appointment at Christian Louboutin's factory on the outskirts of Milan. She managed to get an extended invitation for Grace and Rose and wanted to surprise them with a shoe lover's dream come true. They would have custom made forms of their feet created so any shoe they ordered would be made to fit every contour of their foot. Custom made Louboutins didn't come cheap but Alice thought they would be worth every penny.
After the girls had left, Emmett asked Jasper to stay behind to talk. Edward could tell his little brother was upset but he figured if it was Jasper he wanted to talk to it had to do with Grace. He offered to stay as well but Emmett told him to go get his workout in and they'd meet at the pizza place for lunch at noon.
"So what has my sister done?"
"I'm so mad at her I could spit! How the hell do you deal with the stubbornnest woman alive?"
"What did she do?"
"She outright refused to alter our plans today even though I told her I didn't mind and to trust me that she'd love Alice's surprise. I had to tell her what it was to make her go. I know my sister wanted to see the awe in their eyes when they pulled up to the factory."
"Grace is a very good actress, she'll put on a show for her."
"I was so mad at her I almost told her to skip it but I didn't want to hurt Alice. She's been working on this for months for herself and worked a miracle to get your sisters in with her."
"I know, Ali told me. Judging by the way she acted at breakfast and the fast peck she gave you Grace has no clue how upset you are."
"Jasper, I have her engagement ring in my pocket and I'm starting to wonder if I should slow down."
"Em, you have to tell her that she royally pissed you off. You will probably have to spell it all out for her as if she were a child. I'd sleep on it and use the time on the train tomorrow. What did she do that pissed you off the most?"
"I feel betrayed. She didn't trust me enough to take me at my word. I fucking hate her heel obsession, but I knew that this would be like the mother ship calling her home."
"Like you getting an invitation to Brookside or Gummy Bear World?"
"Bro, from what I've seen of how you treat Alice and Grace you are too kind and generous with them. You treat them like princesses and they both treat you like their favorite servant. Edward was telling me that it's just how you are but do you have any idea how hard it is for me to try to bring Alice back to reality? Her sense of entitlement is mind blowing. She's a massive hot air balloon and my goal is to turn her into a party balloon."
"Sorry Jasper but you should know right now that the best you are ever going to reduce her to is a dozen party balloons. The big shiny Mylar ones."
"Grace is six party balloons but right now you have her thinking she's a dozen. You've got to start popping now. Be very honest with her but don't yell. Jackass as you know was verbally abusive to her."
"Jasper, why didn't you kick his ass?"
"Grace never told me what he was really like. He was very polite when he was around us. I didn't trust him but Grace wouldn't listen to me. I've been fooling around with my computer and I've managed to hack his work and personal e-mail accounts. I'm looking for something to use against him. I'm still thinking we need to physically hurt him too."
"I'm all for that."
"Are you still mad at her?"
"Yes, but I'm…"
"No buts Emmett. Calmly tell her tomorrow that she fucked up."
"I love you Grace but yesterday was so not cool with me?"
"I'd be a little harsher than that. Tell her that you love her but yesterday she really fucked you over and you can't be married to someone who thinks that is OK. Ignore the tears and tell her you'll give her a minute to collect herself. Bring a water bottle with you and offer it to her."
"Oh man tears, I really can't handle tears."
"No really? Toughen up Em! She knows damn well that tears never worked with me. I'd toss a box of Kleenex at her and go back to whatever it was that I was doing."
"I should warn you now that if you do that to Alice she'll throw the box back at you with remarkable force and aim for your forehead. She's a violent little Pixie."
"Yes her little elbows are quite sharp," Jasper laughed.
"The two of you are still having a hen party?" Edward teased.
"How the hell did you get back here so fast?" Emmett asked.
"I did a power run for half an hour. Jasper do you want to take the Cullen brothers tour of Milan before we go for lunch?"
"Sure, I just need to go get my sunglasses."
Pizza put Emmett in a better frame of mind but he was still pissed off with Grace. When Alice dialed Emmett an hour later, Edward snatched his cell phone off the table.
"Eddie? I was calling Em. Does he happen to be near you?"
"Em has a migraine and is in bed. I took his phone so it wouldn't disturb him."
"Poor Em but I'm glad I'm not going crazy, I knew I hit his name in my contacts."
"What do you want Pix?"
"I wanted to know if you wanted to join us for a late lunch. We are about forty minutes outside of the city."
"I just had lunch with Jasper and we were going to bring a slice back to Em just in case he felt like eating it later."
"Yes Alice. Why don't you girls go eat then show Grace your work in that gallery?"
"Fine, we'll see you back at the hotel around five."
"Thanks for the great excuse bro, but I actually have a tension headache. It won't be hard to fake a migraine."
"We've got a few hours should we continue to play tourist with Jasper?"
"You guys can but I'm going to go back to the hotel and crawl into bed."
"Don't forget to order yourself a slice to go," Jasper laughed as Edward handed his brother his cell phone back.
The girls got back to the hotel a little after five and Grace found their room dark. She went into the bedroom and found Emmett sound asleep. Grace turned on a light and noticed a half eaten piece of pizza. She figured Emmett had to really be feeling awful to not finish a slice of his favourite food. Alice had warned her to just leave him alone but Grace sat down on the bed and ran her fingers through his hair.
"Leave me alone," Emmett responded with a slight hiss.
"It's me Em."
"Leave me alone Grace!" he said in a loud whisper.
"Can I get you anything?"
"Peace and quiet so I can go back to sleep."
"You don't want to hear about my amazing day?"
"You mean the day you didn't want to have? No, I don't care."
"Em, you sound like you are mad at me."
"I'm more than mad but I'll deal with the shit you pulled tomorrow. Right now, all I want is silence. Please leave me and my head alone." Emmett turned his back to her and put her pillow over his head.
"I love you Emmett Cullen," Grace said with a quivering voice that told him she was crying.
"I love you Grace but I need you to get the hell out of here and let me sleep."
Emmett heard her blowing her nose and moving around in the bathroom before the distinctive click of the hotel door closing. He took the pillow off his head and waited a few minutes before getting up. He drank a bottle of water, took a couple of pills for his head and finished the slice of pizza. He texted Edward and then crashed back into bed. Half an hour later he heard the door open and looked up to see his sister.
"Pix, I texted Ed."
"I know but Grace is really upset. She thinks you don't want her to come back to the room tonight."
"She's a drama queen like you! I told her to leave so I could go back to sleep. I didn't tell her to not come back. Can I have my damn food so I can try to stop this headache that she caused? Stress migraine Alice."
"Are you mad at her?" Alice inquired softly.
"I'm so fucking pissed off at her that I can't seem to find better words to describe how upset I am."
"Eat your wedding soup and I got the kitchen to make you a mozzarella grilled cheese."
"Thank you Pix."
"Anytime Em, while you eat; this drama queen is going to pack for you and then I'll give you a head massage that should put you to sleep pretty fast."
"Tell Grace not to wake me up this time."
Emmett went into the bathroom to get one of his migraine pills and then swallowed it with a spoonful of soup. By the time he had finished eating, Alice had packed his suitcase and only left out what he was going to wear the next day. Alice had him get comfortable in bed and then tucked him in. She massaged his head and temples for about fifteen minutes until he started snoring. Alice left a kiss on her big brother's forehead and left taking the food containers with her.
He didn't hear Grace come in a few hours later. She packed and got everything ready to go before carefully trying to climb into bed. Emmett was sprawled out in the middle of the bed and she couldn't get in so she grabbed her pillow and went to sleep on the couch in the living room. She didn't sleep very well and was up and dressed nursing a cup of coffee when Emmett's alarm went off.
"I've got coffee waiting for you. How is your head?"
"Better I think," Emmett replied and went straight into the bathroom.
Fifteen minutes later, he was standing in front of Grace with his hair still wet and a towel resting around his hips. He drained the coffee in three sips and went over to grab the clothes Alice had left out for him. He chuckled at the bright yellow and blue Minion characters from Despicable Me. He'd forgotten he brought them along. He slid into his jeans and a blue button down shirt before stepping in to his Doc Martens. Emmett looked down and noticed Grace had on the blush pink shoes Rose had bought her the other day with jeans and a tight lightweight pink sweater. She was clearly dressing to impress him, which made him ever so slightly less angry with her.
"Jasper told me that he bought me a pair of running shoes and some tennis socks yesterday."
"I asked him to, you can't hike in heels. You should go down and get them now. I've got room for them if you don't."
"I ordered breakfast, it should be up here any minute."
"I'll wait to eat then."
"Em, this is the first time I didn't wake up in your arms and I hate it. How long is the train trip from Milan to the Cinque Terra?"
"It's a three hour ride from Milan to Monterosso which is the biggest village."
"I'll go get my shoes. I'm sorry Emmett."
"A simple sorry while appreciated will not cut it Grace. We'll talk on the train. I hated waking up without you too."
Grace looked so sad that it almost broke his heart but he knew that he couldn't let her get away with a behaviour that hurt him so much. All the love in the world wouldn't make up for trust issues. Breakfast arrived and Emmett waited for five minutes before digging into a three egg, four-cheese omelet and some toasted Italian bread. He started eating the fruit salad and found himself automatically putting the grapefruit sections in Grace's bowl. He was working on his second coffee when the door opened and Grace walked in with a bag in her hands.
"Sorry, I tried waiting but I was starving."
"It's fine, Jasper and Alice kept me longer than I thought they would. Jasper had no sympathy for me and Alice is not thrilled with me."
"You fucked up Grace, but as I said we'll talk about it on the train."
Grace noticed all the grapefruit sitting on the top of her fruit bowl and smiled, "Thank you for giving me your sections."
"I know you like them. So tell me what did you think of Alice's art pieces?"
"They were stunning and some of them were so complicated and delicate. I wanted to buy a few of them."
"Alice wouldn't let you I'm sure."
"No, much to the owners chagrin. Alice told him I was her sister in law and I'd already bought my quota of her designs. I did talk a lady in her forties into buying one of Alice's pieces."
"Eat your breakfast, we have to be en route to the train station in an hour."
"Grace unless you want to talk about breakfast; I don't want to hear it right now."
"You know I'm starting to wish you'd just scream at me."
"I never scream Grace. I always take the time to process my thoughts and emotions when I'm very upset."
"On a scale of one to ten how upset are you?"
"Yesterday I was at a twenty, now about an eight."
Grace decided that it would be best to stop talking and finish her breakfast. Emmett left the table and shoved her shoes in his second suitcase before finishing the last of the coffee. His phone beeped and he read the text from Edward.
Dude, remember you love her and that she does have trust issues.
Think about how long it's been since her trust was shattered. It's less than
"Are you ready to go Grace?"
"I'll just use the bathroom and I'll be set."
"I'm going to check us out. Do a room sweep and join me downstairs."
"Thanks for that," Rose said quietly as she sat herself down in Edward's lap and nuzzled his neck eventually leaving a long kiss there. "I think we need to revisit our definition of friendship."
"Rose negotiating when you are naked isn't exactly in my best interest," Edward chuckled.
"You are the one who let me climb into your bed naked and you didn't seem to mind playing with my breasts for more than an hour."
"I'm a man Rose, I can only take so much and you know it, you little minx."
"Edward as much as I love your long skilled fingers inside me, I want you inside me. Forget Milan, I want you to screw my brains out all day long."
"Rose are you sure?"
"I'm already going to miss you horribly when I go back home. I might as well miss you physically too."
"Damn it Rose, I suppose you are spectacular in bed."
"Yes and I like being on top, on all fours and you already know I like to swallow."
"You are going to ruin all other women for me, I can see it already."
"I'm positive I will Edward. How attached to London are you really Mr. Cullen?"
"How attached to Boston are you Miss Hale?"
Rose sighed knowing that neither of them wanted to leave home. She stood up and took Edward's hand in hers and he rose, "Do you want me in bed or bent over this couch?"
"Bed please," Edward answered with a big grin.
While Rose and Edward were giving in to their sexual appetite Alice was asking Jasper if he had a tape worm as he wanted to stop off for a mid morning tiramisu. Emmett helped Grace on to the train and then they settled in their first class seats.
Grace opened her purse and handed Emmett a bag of gummy bears she had picked up after the visit to the Christian Louboutin factory.
"Thank you Grace, that was very sweet of you."
"You're welcome. Can we just get this over with so I can start making amends?"
"Grace, you seriously hurt my feelings and I'm fucking pissed off at you so I will not be
getting over this in three hours. You didn't trust me Grace and how can I marry someone who doesn't trust me?"
"Deadly. You have trust issues Grace and I think you need to deal with them before we think about getting married."
"We set a date Em."
"Then you have a lot of work to do Miss Hale. If you couldn't trust me about a fucking day trip with Alice how are you going to handle the big stuff? How will you even respond when one of my friends; who happens to be a girl gives me a big hug when I introduce you in Chicago?"
"Em it wasn't that I didn't trust you. I thought you were trying to please Alice and after spending two days doing it her way I just wanted to spend the day with you. I was being stubborn and fighting to protect our time together."
"Then my issue is that you don't listen to me nor trust what I say. Someone told me that I treat Alice and you like princesses and you treat me like your favourite servant. Marriage is a partnership Grace and I think I've said, "As you wish" too often.
"Emmett I've never been treated like a princess before so I guess I've been eating it up but I don't think of you as my servant. Em, you're my dream come true! You're a real live knight in shinning armor. I never meant to make you feel like I was taking advantage of you."
"Grace, I don't feel like you are taking advantage of me and I like spoiling you. This really is about trust and I need you to trust me a hundred percent of the time not most of the time. If I told you to get off at the next train stop I need you to trust me enough to do it. You don't need to know why; you just need to do it knowing that I have a very good reason."
"Grace an okay is not going to fix this. It's another issue you are going to need to work through with a therapist."
"I will, now how can I fix this and not ruin four days of what I had already built up in my mind as heaven on earth?"
"There is still no quick fix Grace. I can tell you that my pissed off meter is back to zero."
"But you are still hurting."
Grace sighed and reached over placing her hand over his, "How can I make you feel a little less hurt? I love you, I'm sorry and I'm hurting because I caused you pain."
"I was going to propose to you while we were in the Cinque. I had it all planned out in my mind. I'm disappointed that I can't give you the proposal I wanted to. I need you to stop crying, suck it up and be an adult. I'm not telling you this to hurt you; I think you need to know how seriously I take trust. It's the… blow your nose, drink some water and take sometime to collect yourself." Emmett handed her a bottle of water and some Kleenex before opening the bag of gummy bears and eating a few while looking out the window. He could see her reflection in it and the tears were still coming. "Grace you told me that tears never moved Jasper but I hate them. Unless you want to hurt me some more I suggest you stop it." God, I'm being a prick to her Emmett thought to himself.
Grace heard hurt me and momentarily freaked out, "Oh God Em, don't leave me! Please I would die if…"
"Grace take a very deep breath and stop being a drama queen. Turn off the water works so you can hear properly and not make things up. You are starting to make an unnecessary scene."
Emmett took out his phone and quickly texted Jasper.
She's still crying, half the train thinks I'm evil and I can't take much more of this shit.
A minute later Em's phone vibrated and he looked down.
Your sister won't let me eat and I can't take much more of that. You're just going to have to wait her out. Push the water bottle at her.
Emmett picked up the water bottle and placed her hand around it and pretended to be interested in his phone again. After Grace took a sip she did start to calm down and about fifteen minutes later she slid her hand on top of his.
"Sorry about that, it was cruel to tell me about the proposal though."
"Probably but I really needed you to understand how serious I am about your trust issues Grace. Less then three weeks ago your trust was shattered so I think it is safe to say you need some help."
"You are right, sorry for making a scene."
Apology accepted, Grace listen to this."
Grace held up the phone to her ear and listened as a beautiful song started playing. It sounded vaguely familiar but she'd only heard snippets of it before. "Em this is gorgeous, where is it from?"
"It's called Falling Slowly and it's from the movie and Broadway show Once. I took my mom to see it last year and the song never left my head. I listen to it when I'm really tense or want to punch the crap out of someone or something. It soothes my soul."
"Is it still playing?"
"I believe so. I'll look in to it and if it's still in New York we can make a weekend out of it."
"Oh Em, I'd love that. Is it romantic?"
"It's a bittersweet romance."
"I'm getting hungry, do you have any bears left?"
"You can finish the bag, I've got a good number of them already in hibernation."
"I love it when you talk about hibernation, it's nice to know you are a freak too."
"Remember the Breakfast Club and the essay? I've always known we are all a brain, an athlete, a princess, a basket case and a criminal."
"I have a hard time seeing you as a princess Em. Alice yes but you?"
"Wait until you see how I let my mom dote on me and you'll see it can apply."
"What you never swiped candy or a little toy from a store as a kid?"
"I stole one of Rose's bracelets when she turned five; it's still in my jewelry box actually. Em what is the kindest thing you have ever done?"
"I didn't know it at the time but I saved my friend Core from committing suicide. It was my first week of high school and I came across her crying in the library. I was trying to hibernate to get rid of a migraine. I sat down and asked if I could help her. I shared my gummy bears with her and told her that I'd be waiting for her the next week. As soon as she walked down the aisle a week later I gave her my big full dimple smile and she dropped to the floor and started balling. Turns out that the day we met she planned on going home and killing herself. I was one of the only people in three years that took the time to talk to her. Her life was pretty messed up and her classmates were cruel and bullied her. I just felt a connection to her instantly. We became really good friends. She works in New York now in advertising and does lots of work in schools about bullying. We'll have to have dinner with her when we go to New York."
"Wow, my Gran use to always tell me to smile at people because you never know if your smile was the one thing that got them through the day. Em you are a giant with the gentlest soul. I'm so, so sorry I ruined your plans."
"You told me how beautiful the Cinque is how about the food?"
"The best pesto on earth and even if you hate anchovies you'll love them here. Will you trust me to order your food the entire time we are here?"
"Promise me you won't whine about having to wear your sneakers most of the time?"
"Promise but how much walking will we be doing?"
"A fair bit but even I need to take breaks and some of the towns are easier to get to by boat."
"I'm really looking forward to this Emmett."
"So am I Grace, I get to share one of my favourite places on earth with the future mother of my triplets."
"TRIPLETS? Em, I want three but there is no way I want three of your babies inside me at once," Grace replied with a horrified face.
Emmett laughed, "You realize that neither of us have any control over that. Multiples don't run in my family but we could start the tradition."
"Shut up Em, you'll jinx me. I swear to God if you give me three, I'm going to make your life a living hell."
"Just what you want to hear from your fiancée."
"Come sit beside me you big jerk and let's watch the scenery go by."
"As you wish."