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Chapter 3


As we were getting ready for the party, I couldn't help but think about all that has happened in the last week. We've only been together since Christmas Eve, but it feels like it's been longer.

I can't imagine my life without him now.

He makes me feel complete and totally happy.

I never knew anything like this; I've never been in love before and I can't help but smile. I know that my father is looking down on me with a smile on his face.

He always wanted me to find happiness. He worried about me so much in the last weeks of his life. He wanted me to be okay with his passing, and he worried about me being alone. I'm sure he'd be happy that I found Edward.

He'd be totally over the moon knowing that he is a pitcher for the Seattle Mariners.

I just had to chuckle at that. It's kind of ironic, that the Mariners were his favorite team and now I'm dating one of them.

I watched as Edward dressed in his suit, damn he looked hot.

I slipped on the dress Alice picked out for me and it fit perfectly.

As I looked in the mirror, Edward came and wrapped his arms around me.

"Love, I'm going to have a hard time keeping my hands off you tonight," he murmured.

I looked at him and smirked.

"Seriously Bella, you look gorgeous," he said as I blushed. "Even more so now that you're blushing," he smirked as he kissed my neck.

"Edward, you look pretty hot yourself."

I turned in his arms so that I could kiss those beautiful lips.

The kiss was soft and loving. His lips parted mine as he slipped his tongue into my mouth.

Mmm...nothing in the world compared to the taste of Edward.

I couldn't help the moan that escaped me.

He moaned also as he pressed my body against his semi hard cock.

"Mmm...Bella," he growled against my neck. "Baby, we gotta stop, as much as I'd rather peel this dress off you, and ravish your body right here and now, I think we better go so I can show you off; then I will take you back to my place and make love to you all night long."

"Mmm...that sounds like a plan, baby."

The ache between my legs intensified as he kissed me once more. I couldn't wait for this party to be over and we were alone.

I loved the feel of him inside me, and most of all, I loved being with him. He made me feel things that I've never felt before.

Pulling away from him, I grabbed my coat.

He walked over to me and took it from me and helped me put it on.

He even tried to button it for me, but I shooed his hands away.

He was so loving and sweet, it made my insides all fluttery.

He thinks he'll have a hard time keeping his hands off me, but I think I'll have just as much of a problem as he would.

He looked totally gorgeous.

He wrapped his arm around me as he grabbed my overnight bag by the door, even though I'm sure I'd have no use for the clothes I packed once we arrived at his place later tonight.

He led me to his car and helped me in.

"Thank you," I said as I slipped into the seat.

He ran around to the drivers side, and threw my bag in the backseat as he got behind the wheel.

He started to drive toward Seattle. It was a three hour drive, but I think it would be okay.

Edward told me about the team members I would meet. He told me that Mike Newton and

Caius and James Volturi were the worst man whores of the bunch.

He told me how beautiful the Hotel Monaco was and that he thought about booking a suite for us there, but decided to just take me to his apartment instead.

"Edward, I don't care where we stay at as long as we are together," I said as I intertwined our fingers.

"I know baby, but I wanted to make this night special for us."

"It will be, because we are together and I love you for always wanting to do stuff for me."

"I love you too, Bella. Never have I been so in love with someone. I want to make you happy."

"You do, Edward. So much."

He smiled that crooked smile and my insides just melted.

It was quiet in the car for a bit.

My thoughts were everywhere. New Years Eve always made me feel sad.

As I watched as the scenery fly by, I thought about this year and all the changes that I've been through.

Moving back to Forks to be with my dad before he passed away was one of the best decisions of my life, even though my mother was totally against it.

She thought I was wasting my life coming here. But on the contrary I found the love of my life and I couldn't be any happier.

I think my mother's problem is that she's not around to try to control my life. She always wanted to find the perfect man for me and none of them ever were. Maybe they were perfect for her, but not me.

I was never really looking for love, but I guess when the time is right love finds you. I smiled at that thought as I looked over at Edward as he drove.

I wasn't looking for him, but I guess love found the both of us on Christmas Eve.

He looked over and smiled at me.

"What are you thinking about love?" he asked.

"You, and how this year turned out," I replied with a sigh.

"You don't regret us, do you?" he said as concerned laced his voice.

"No, never. I was just thinking how happy I am that we are together. I never thought I'd find love, but here I am with you and so in love."

"Okay, just wanted to make sure there are no regrets."

"None here. You?" I questioned.

"Nope, none."

We both laughed and he squeezed my hand.

I loved the way we felt the need to be connected to each other in some way.

We were always holding hands or touching in some way.

He was perfect for me. He's everything I always wanted but never knew I needed.

About half way there, my cell phone ringing interrupting my thoughts.

Pulling it from my purse, I answered it.


"Isabella, where are you? I called the house and got no answer." My mother's voice boomed through the phone.

"I'm on my way to a New Years Eve party," I said matter of factly.

"In dreary Forks, what a waste of time," she huffed.

"No mom, it's in Seattle, we are almost there."

"We? Who's we?" she asked.

"Edward and I."

"Who's Edward? I'm sure that relationship will go far, no one from Forks is worth much," she slurred.

Great, she's drunk and I can't stand her when she's been drinking.

"I'll have you know that Edward is the best pitcher the Mariners have had in a long time and we've actually know each other since high school," I smiled over at Edward.

His face held a look of concern.

"It's okay," I mouthed to him as I squeezed his hand.

"Well maybe, you've finally came to your senses and found someone with some smarts and money. You'll need it, once your book deal ends and there's nothing left for you except being a washed up has been writer."

"Mom, this conversation is over," I said as I tried to keep the tears at bay.

I hung up the phone and threw it down as a strangled sob escaped my lips.

"Bella, what did she say?" Edward asked through gritted teeth.

"Nothing really, just forget about it."

Edward pulled off at the first rest stop that he found.

He parked the car and turned towards me.

"What the hell did she say to you?" he asked the anger present in his voice.

"She said no one is worth much that comes from Forks, and then I told her about you being the best pitcher the Mariners have had in a long time. Then she said, that maybe I've finally came to my senses and found someone with some smarts and money."

I stopped to take a deep breath before continuing, as I gauged Edward. He looked really mad. His fists were clenched together and his mouth was set in a firm line.

"What else?" he seethed.

"She said that I'll need it, once my book deal ends and there's nothing left for me except being a washed up has been writer."

I felt a lone tear escaped my eye and slide down my cheek as I waited for him to say anything.

Not saying a word, he got out of the car and opened my door. He knelt down in front of me and grabbed my hands.

"Bella, don't fucking pay any attention to what your mother said. She doesn't know anything, I love you more than anything in my life and whether you ever write another book or not, that is not going to change. You are the most important person in my life," he said as he looked up into my eyes.

I nodded but before I could say anything he silenced me by placing his finger over my lips.

"Don't ever let that vile woman tell you otherwise. You are beautiful and sexy, not to mention talented as well. I love you so much Bella." He moved one of my hands to the bulge in his pants. "This is what you do to me, love, and don't you forget it."

I smiled as he pushed my hand to his rather large problem in his pants.

"Edward, you are the most wonderful man I have ever known, thank you for making me feel loved, I love you too!"

Leaning down I pressed my lips to his and I kissed him with all the love I had in me.

He kissed me back with as much passion he could but then he pulled away

"Bella, we have to go. As much as I'd rather take you back home and show you how much I truly love you, I really want to show you off," he said as he got up and came around to his side of the car.

Once inside the car he took my hand in his and intertwined our fingers as we started back towards Seattle.

All thoughts of the conversation with my mom were gone and I smiled at Edward knowing that he loved me and I loved him.

The closer we got to Seattle the more nervous I got. I knew his family but I didn't know any of his teammates.

I'm sure that some of their wives would be there, and no doubt they probably looked liked freaking supermodels.

I could feel my insecurities growing as he pulled up to the Hotel Monaco. I was so nervous and scared of making an idiot of myself, even though I've done countless interviews and been to a few literary conventions promoting my books.

But they don't compare to meeting the family, friends and teammates of the man you love.

As Edward helped me out of his car, I held his hand so tight.

He leaned in and whispered in my ear, "Bella, everything is going to be fine." He brushed his lips against my cheek.

"Just relax, you are going to blow them away, love. They are going to love you." And with that, Edward kissed me with so much passion I swear my thong just disintegrated.

I smiled up at him as he wrapped his arm around my waist and led me through the hotel lobby to the ballroom where the party was held.

As we walked into the ballroom, all eyes were on us. I could feel my insides start to tremble as everyone looked at me.

I was never one to be the center of attention, my book tours didn't prepare me for this kind of attention.

The women would whisper to each other, and the men they would just stare.

I focused on Edward's arm wrapped around my waist as we walked toward where his parents were standing.

Several players and their wives came up to Edward.

"Edward, who is this delicious looking woman on your arm?" the man asked.

"This is my girlfriend, Bella. Bella this is Ben Cheney and his wife Angela," Edward said.

"Hi," I said quietly.

Both Edward and Ben talked for a few minutes, as Angela and I exchanged numbers.

"Bella, it was so nice meeting you and I hope that we will be great friends," Angela said as we moved on.

I looked up to see two men approaching us, and I felt Edward's grip on my waist tighten. His smile also changed.

Obviously these were the ones he told me about.

The way they were looking at me, I didn't like at all.

"Hey Eddie, who is the looker? Man, you know how to pick them," the tall blond one said as he let out a whistle.

"Caius, James, this is my girlfriend Bella," Edward replied in a calm, tight voice.

"Ooh, Eddie finally found a woman," the other man said. "What a fine looking woman."

I was feeling very uncomfortable under their gaze.

I looked up to see Alice approaching and I couldn't have been more happy to see her.

"Bella," she said as she hugged me. "Do you need rescuing?" she whispered.

I nodded.

"Come with me, and see the parents," she cooed. "Edward, come over to the parents table as soon as you get done with the boys."

"Okay," he said as he gave her a quick nod.

"Baby, I'll be right there," he said as his kissed my cheek.

I walked away with Alice. So glad to be away from those two slimeballs.

"Thank you Alice for saving me," I said gratefully.

"No problem, those two are the worst, let me introduce you to my Jazzy. I don't think you've met him."

"No I haven't."

As we walked away, I could feel their eyes on me.

I'm glad that Alice came to take me away.

We walked to her parents table and a tall blond man stood up and kissed her cheek.

"Jasper, this is Bella, Edward's girlfriend. Bella this is Jasper my fiance'," she said beaming.

"Hi Jasper, it's so nice to meet you," I said as I held out my hand.

"Bella, it's fabulous to meet you finally. Alice talks about you often," he said as he shook my hand.

"I hope it's all good," I said.

"Trust me it is," he said with a smile.

I nodded as Esme came walking over to us.

"Bella, dear so happy that you could make it. Where's Edward?"

"He is over there with some teammates," I said.

"Yes, the Volturi brothers," she said in disgust, "they are the worst."

"Yeah that's what I heard."

"Alice rescued me from being near them," I said as Edward came up behind me and wrapped his arms around my waist.

"Hello love," he whispered in my ear, sending shivers down my back.

I nodded and turned my head to him as his lips devoured mine.

Obviously to show his possessiveness of me.

I didn't mind, he must have wanted someone to know who I belonged to.

Which I did. I belonged to him and him alone.

We broke apart, and I looked at his mother and sister.

They were both smiling at us and I could feel the blush intensifying on my cheeks.

"Wow," I whispered.

"Wow indeed love."

We continued on towards the table and he stopped to introduce me to a few other people.

As the evening went on, the more I wanted him.

We sat down at the table and he didn't let up. If anything, he upped his game.

He was slowly driving me crazy, by touching my thigh, whispering naughty things in my ear and kissing my neck and shoulders.

"Edward," I admonished, cocking my eyebrow at him.

"What?" he asked innocently.

"You are driving me crazy here."

"How wet are you love?" he whispered in my ear as his breath washed over my face.

My breath hitched as he said that.

"Why don't you find out," I teased, knowing or at least hoping that he wouldn't take me up on that.

He smirked at me as he slid his fingers up my thigh towards my tiny thong.

Slowly he skimmed his long fingers over the thin drenched material.

"Fuck, love you are drenched," he mumbled.

"You make me this way."

He slowly removed his fingers and glided them across his lips.

"Mmm," he hummed.

"Edward, please."

"Soon love, soon," he smirked.

I excused myself to go to the bathroom.

I walked to the bathroom on shaky legs.

He was driving me insane with desire. I wanted to get rid of this ache between my thighs but that would have to wait.

As I went into the bathroom, I could hear the other women talking about Edward and me.

I tried to ignore their petty comments, but it was hard too. It felt like being in high school again.

I finished my business and hurried out of there.

As I was leaving the bathroom, I bumped into someone.

"Hello there beautiful," a man said. I recognized the voice.

It was one of the Volturi brothers.

"It's nice to see you without Edward hovering," he sneered.

"Excuse me, I need to get back to the party," I said as I tried to get away around him.

"What's the hurry? I'm sure Eddie won't mind sharing with his teammates," he said as his touched my arm.

"Please just let me by."

He gripped my arm tightly.

"I want to see what has Cullen so entranced by you, he has never dated anyone," he sneered.

"Please," I begged.

"Do you beg for Cullen too?" he said as he pulled me to him.

"No, let me go," I said forcefully as his lips inched closer to mine.

Please let someone hear me.

I pushed at him, but he was a bit stronger than me.

"Come on, just a little taste," he said.

I felt his lips on my cheek.

"Mmm... you smell so good."

He pushed me against the wall and then kissed me.

I pushed him away and slapped him.

"Get the fuck off of me," I yelled.

"You little bitch. You wanna play rough," he sneered as he pulled my arm causing the sleeve to rip.

Before he could say anything else, I saw Edward standing behind him. His eyes were dark and feral looking.

"Get your fucking hands off of my girlfriend," he yelled.

Fuck, he looked pissed off.