A/N: I really lost track of time. May was an extremely busy month for me with finals and all of that. So once again I'm sorry about making you wait this long. The good news is I have a break for the next 2 months and I can write a whole lot more. Make sure to like fan page for Beauty and the Edward on Facebook.
Bella was dressed in a white sundress paired with a red cardigan. She wanted to look her best for lunch with Edward. The passing scenery was all just a blur of ocean and cliffs. The road began to narrow as the cab made it's way to the hotel. A part of her was terrified that Edward would always find reasons to leave at the worst possible times but she also knew that love was a risk. There was no guarantee that everything would work out and she could end up being hurt. However those reasons couldn't stop her anymore. So what if nobody seemed to agree that Edward was right for her? It was her life and Bella needed to be with the man that she was madly in love with.
The cab pulled up to the hotel. Bella paid the driver some Euros and thanked him in Italian. She stepped out of the cab and made her way to the Dolce Vita suite that was located on a verdant hill separate from the main hotel building. It was surrounded by luscious looking greenery and there were scattered yellow and blue flowers all around it. Bella smiled to herself. She loved Edward's impeccable taste for the finer things in life. It was something she had grown to appreciate.
Bella knocked on the door. It swung open and Edward smiled when he saw her. It seemed like he had been up all night and his normally neat looking hair was sticking out in different directions. It was like he had been pulling at it in frustration.
"Are you okay?"
Edward stood back so that Bella could enter the suite. She looked around at the pastel color themed room. The furniture looked as if it belonged in a European palace. It was beautiful. Edward stayed silent for a few moments and Bella knew something was wrong.
"I can't lie to you. I'm not okay," he pulled at his hair and then walked to the beige sofa and took a seat, "I'm going to tell you something and I will understand if you walk out that door."
Bella couldn't breathe. The room seemed to be closing in on her.
"You're scaring me Edward. What is it?"
"Do you remember Marie?"
"You cheated on me with her?"
His green eyes opened wide and he shook his head. "No, I would never cheat on you Bella. She claims that after our wedding when I went to Europe, I was drunk, ran into her and then.. we hooked up."
"How is that not cheating?" Her voice raised and shook a little.
"I can't remember doing that."
"Then she's lying. How did she even tell you all of this?"
Edward avoided looking into his wife's eyes. He gazed out at the view of the Portofino Bay from the huge window. She had arrived looking so happy. He knew she was going to forgive him. If he kept his mouth shut he could have had her in his bed by now, showing her exactly how sorry he was but he was tired of lies.
"She came here because she's pregnant and she thinks that I'm the father. I'm dealing with it and I'm demanding that she do a DNA test before any decisions are made."
Bella's eyes widened and she sprung up to her feet. "Are you kidding me? Pregnant? This happened after our disaster of a wedding?" She paced back and forth, laughing dryly.
Edward was surprised at her reaction.
"That's what she claims.."
"But it doesn't mean it's true. I mean you can't even remember this happening. I know that you drink a lot, but this isn't the Hangover! You would have remembered something." She threw her hands up in the air and turned to look at him.
A small smile appeared on his face. He thought she'd walk away, but instead Bella didn't seem to buy Marie's story at all.
"That's exactly what I've been thinking. She couldn't even give me a good enough story as to how she even found me here. My past can never leave us alone. I wish I could free you from that." His eyes were stormy and distant.
Bella walked back to the sofa and sat down next to him. She took his hand in hers and looked into his green eyes, "nobody is going to ruin what we have. I won't let her and neither should you. There's no way you're the father."
Edward tightened his grip on her small hand and looked into her big, brown eyes.
"I won't and I'm done letting myself ruin what we have."
Bella placed her free hand on his neck and gently messaged it. She gazed into his green eyes.
"So am I. I love you so much, Edward. I don't want to ever be without you." She leaned in and placed a soft kiss on his lips.
Edward's hand rested on her waist, pulling her in as he kissed her with passion. They had come a long way from where they started. They knew that their love was something that didn't come around every single day. It was passionate, tumultuous, tragic and beautiful. Now was not the time to give up.
As soon as Edward showed Bella the master bedroom, the two of them couldn't help but to fall into bed together. Bella had her leg hitched around Edward's waist and he kissed her hungrily. His hands roaming around her body, eager to get rid of the offending material. He slid his hand up her dress. Bella's fingers were grasping at his neck, pulling him closer to her. Bella Swan and Edward Cullen were made for each other. They could never be apart for too long.
They slowly pulled away and Edward smiled at her. He moved a stray piece of hair away from her eyes.
"You know we never really talked about children before. Is that something you want soon?" Bella asked curiously.
Edward's eyes darkened a bit.
"Not with Marie.." He said angrily.
Bella shook her head. "No that's not what I meant. I mean do you want a baby with me?"
Edward was surprised. He didn't think she was ready for anything like that.
"Uh yeah eventually."
Bella tried not to look sad.
"What about like next year? I think babies are cute."
Edward shook his head and laughed a little. "A baby at 22? Is that what you want?"
She removed her leg from him and moved away a little. "Not if you're going to mock me for it."
"I wasn't trying to mock you, " He pulled her closer to him. "Don't be mad."
"I wasn't being 100% serious Edward, but in a few years time I would like to have a baby. I want to give it a life that I never had."
"It? Maybe we should work on calling "it" a him or a her? Then we can seriously think about it."
She giggled. "Okay fine maybe we're not exactly ready for that, but I just wanted to know what you thought about it."
He kissed her forehead. "We'll think about that when we get there."
Bella had stayed the night with Edward at the hotel. The two of them made up for a lot of lost time and could barely keep their hands off each other. It was lunch time and Bella had arranged to meet Marie at the restaurant, La Terrazza. It was located at the hotel and offered beautiful views of the Portofino Bay. She didn't tell Edward about the meeting but she decided it was time she dealt with threats like Marie.
Bella looked up from her menu and saw the tall brunette walk up to her. The baby bump seemed out of place on Marie's slender body. Marie gave Bella an icy glare as she took a seat in front of her.
"I'm surprised you are still here," Marie commented as grabbed a piece of bread that was on the table.
Bella smirked, picked up the glass of red wine in front of her and took a sip.
"Why wouldn't I be here Marie? My husband needs protection from skanks like you." With that she placed the wine glass down.
Marie laughed at Bella and shrugged her shoulders. "Like it or not, I'm carrying his baby. You can't protect him from that Beatrice."
Bella rolled her eyes. "My name is Bella, but you know that. Your whole story about him being drunk and hooking up with you is ridiculous. You must be really desperate Marie," she leaned in and lowered her voice, "who put you up to it?"
Marie looked around as if she were scared but she quickly regained her composure and pushed her ebony hair away from her neck.
"Nobody put me up to anything. The test will prove that I'm right. Can you handle being a step mother?"
Bella glared at her. "How about we stop the lies? How much money will it take to make you go away?"
Marie smiled deviously. She took out a piece of paper and wrote down a number. She slid it over to Bella. "That should do."
Bella looked over at the number. She decided it was a fair price to pay to keep Marie's lies out of the paper and out of Edward's life. She took out her purse, wrote a check and handed it over to her.
"I never want to hear of this again. Do you understand? Stay away from Edward."
"Consider it done." Marie pushed her chair back and exited the restaurant.
Bella felt shaky, anxious and slightly exhilarated. She had never done anything like that before. She took her phone out from her bag and saved the recording of their conversation. She would be able to prove that Marie was nothing but a gold digger if she ever decided to come back with false paternity claims.
Edward was on the couch watching some soccer match on TV. He could finally relax because Marie had told him she was leaving and that there was somebody else that was probably the father. He wasn't ready to be a parent. He knew that he'd probably be a terrible one and he wasn't going to subject some innocent child to that. He knew Bella was sad when he told her they weren't ready for it but he was planning to put that off for as long as possible.
He had seen pictures on Facebook of his old college friends and their children. Everyone his age seemed to be having kids all of a sudden. He always smirked when he saw those pictures because he believed he was so much better off than they were. Children didn't appeal to him. There was also what happened with Ashley and he doubted that Bella would ever understand the decision the two of them made. He felt guilt consume him. He never really thought much about what happened until now.
Bella walked back into the room. She told him earlier that she was going to get some food and she'd bring some back for him. She had a white bag in her hand.
"Here's the food as promised."
"Thanks beautiful," He got up from the couch and took the food from her, "I have good news. Marie has left and she doesn't think I'm the father. I don't know what happened. Don't you think that's strange?."
Bella didn't look too surprised. She smiled and threw her arms around Edward.
"It doesn't matter why she backed off. Maybe she realized you weren't going to give in to her demands and she cut her losses. So do you have a bottle of wine?" She wrapped her arms around his neck and looked into his green eyes.
Edward have her a skeptical look. It made no sense to him that she disappeared without a fight. The whole thing just seemed out of place to him.
He looked carefully at his wife. "But it does matter. Why would she come all the way here just to back down?"
"Edward! Just leave it alone. She's gone. Our problems are over." Bella said strongly.
"What are you hiding Bella? I know you better than you know yourself."
Bella untangled her arms from him and they fell to her side. She looked a bit defeated.
"I paid Marie off so she would leave us alone."
Edward's jaw tightened. "How much did you give her?"
"Um a lot.."
"Why wouldn't you tell me that? I would have figured it out once I saw a lot being taken out of our joint bank account."
Bella crossed her arms and looked at him. "That's how you deal with people like her. Would you have rather have her go to the media and have everyone know that you might have fathered a child after our wedding? I did it to protect you."
Edward was genuinely surprised. It was so unlike Bella to do something like that.
"I'm just surprised you would try to keep it from me."
"I'm sorry. Don't be mad." She walked over to him.
He pulled her into his arms and looked into her brown eyes. "I'm not. Don't keep things from me next time."
Bella bit down on her lip and nodded her head. Edward leaned down and kissed her gently on the lips. Bella unbuttoned a couple of buttons on his shirt and pressed her body into his. She pulled away from the kiss.
"Take this dress of me and get me into the room," she whispered seductively.
Edward smirked at her boldness. He reached for the side zipper on the dress, undid it and pulled the dress off her body. She stood before him with a black lace bra and panties set. She stepped out of the white pool of material that had gathered around at her ankles.
"Why do we have to go to the room? I'll have you right here, " he said in a husky voice.
He backed her up against the white wall. He took his shirt off, revealing his toned upper body. His hands roamed around her body until they reached the clasp of her bra. He undid it with a swift motion and pressed their bodies together.
"Right here?" She asked
"Mhm," he whispered into her ear as he grinded his lower half into hers.
Bella let out a soft moan. He sucked on her neck, taking his time teasing her. He picked her up and wrapped her legs around his waist.
The room was soon filled with Bella's loud moans and the sound of two bodies making contact with each other. They eventually took it to the room and soon it was all forgotten that Bella had tried to keep something from Edward.
Marie was at the Villanova D'Albenga International Airport. She was sitting at her gate waiting to board a plane to Brazil.
"James, I don't need to work for you any more," she said as she looked at her perfectly manicured nails on her free hand and held her iphone with the other.
"You're a washed up model. You need the money."
"Not anymore. I'm glad you didn't kill that one. She was very useful to me today. They're stronger than ever. You won't be able to break them up. Good luck."
"I never planned on killing her. We'll see about that Marie, Edward has a closest full of skeletons. It's just a matter of choosing what to release next. Goodbye slut."