Happy New Year everyone! Let 2012 make us happy and keep us healthy and give us everything we wish for! This is a little gift from me, hope you enjoy it! It takes place between the last chapter and the epilgue.
"Do we have everything on our list?" Edward asks me, peeking over my shoulder to see the grocery list I have in my hand.
I quickly scan the list and check what's in our cart.
"The only thing missing right now is stuff for dinner tonight," I answer.
"How do you feel about steak?" Edward asks me. I laugh, he's such a man.
I love him so much.
"Steak's fine with me!" Edward grabs the cart and we're about to turn around to go find us some steaks when I hear someone say my name.
Of course I recognize the voice immediately. Edward feels me tense up next to him and quickly wraps his arm around my waist.
"Bree," I answer her and I'm almost shocked by the coldness of my tone. But seeing as how I feel about her, I shouldn't be that surprised.
"H-How are you?" Bree tries to sound friendly, but I see in her eyes that she's very nervous. Obviously she didn't think she'd ever see me again and now that she has she probably feels like she has to apologize.
I decide to attack her passive aggressively by showing her that I'm happy while she obviously is not. The dark circles under her eyes show me worry and fear and unhappiness.
My happiness is my revenge.
"I couldn't be better. I live in a wonderful house and I'm living with a wonderful man, and I'm pregnant with twins," I say, smiling up at Edward who smiles at me. I squeeze his hand and give him a quick kiss on his cheek. "You kicking me out was the best thing that has ever happened to me."
I look back at Bree and I see the guilty look on her face.
"Yeah, about that… I'm-"
I interrupt her. "Don't tell me you're sorry. Apology not accepted." Edward squeezes my hand in support.
She bites her lip, obviously not knowing what to say anymore. This situation has gotten more awkward than I ever imagined.
"So, how are you?" I ask her, knowing I'm probably rubbing salt into the wound.
She sighs. "I'm lonely and broken."
I'm not surprised, but I wait for her to continue. Never mind that we're in the middle of a grocery store. I don't care if other people hear what's wrong with her, she's not a real friend and I doubt she ever has been.
A real friend doesn't kick out their best friend for a boy.
Bree steps a little closer, obviously not wanting other people to hear whatever she has to say.
"Listen," she says softly. "You might not want to hear my apology, but at least hear me out." When I don't interrupt her, she continues. "It didn't take long for me to figure out why Riley wanted you to move out. He couldn't…" She falls silent for a couple of seconds, obviously having a hard time with it. "He couldn't be himself with you around. Riley was… abusive. He…" She gulps, now almost in tears. I immediately regret wanting revenge. "He hit me almost daily, if I didn't cook his meal exactly how he wanted it, if I didn't have the house clean enough, if I didn't satisfy him… He'd hit me."
My heart breaks for her. I would never wish this for my worst enemy.
"I'm sorry," I tell her.
"It took me months to tell anyone. The only person I felt comfortable enough to tell was my father," she continues. I nod and immediately know why. He's like most fathers and probably has done what most fathers would do if they find out their daughter is being abused.
"And now I'm all alone," she says. "I didn't just push you away, I pushed everyone away and I had no one to fall back on."
I don't mean to, but I feel my eyes narrow.
"Are you trying to manipulate me into becoming friends with you again?"
She shakes her head. "Not manipulate. But it'd be nice…"
"I'm sorry Bree, but that isn't going to happen. I just can't trust you anymore, and without trust we can never be friends. You screwed that up all on your own. I'm sorry for what happened to you, no one should ever have to go through that. But we can't be friends."
She looks like she's really going to cry soon.
"Okay. Thank you for listening anyway." With that, she turns around and walks away.
As soon as she's out of sight Edward wraps his arms around me. I take a couple of deep breaths to calm myself.
"I'm so proud of you baby," he whispers in my ear. "You stayed so calm, just wow. I don't think I could've done that after what she did to you."
I pull away. "Thanks. Glad that chapter's closed now."
With that, we move on from it and continue to find out steaks for dinner.