Chapter 26 - EPOV

As I get up for school, I am a little apprehensive about going.

I don't want Mike to give Bella any trouble over me.

As much as it would hurt me, I will let her go, if need be.

I don't want her to hurt or be hurt by them.

I know what it's like to be on the outside and I don't want that for her.

I drive to her house and beep the horn.

I watch as she comes out the door, she looks so beautiful.

It will kill me if I have to let her go, but for her I will do it.

I get out to open the door for her.

I hand her the rose and she pulls me to her.

She kisses me and I can feel myself get hard inside my pants.

I help her in the car and then get in myself.

I take her hand in mine and drive to school.

I can tell she is nervous as we pull in to the parking lot.

Standing there with his buddies is Mike.

As we walk by, he calls to her.

We stop and she turns towards him.

"So you break up with me and already fuck him?" he sneers at her. "That's just wrong. He's a loser, a nobody and now you're a loser too."

That hurt and I could feel my anger rising.

I won't let him hurt her.

She squeezes my hand and walks towards him.

I've never seen her this confident, well maybe the other night in my bed when she was riding me, but that is different.

She looks him in the eye and says, "Edward is NOT a loser. He is the most beautiful man in this school. He knows how to treat a woman, and he is the kindest, most gentle, loving person I have ever seen. He loves me, and makes me feel special and wants me."

"Whatever," he says to her. "I hope your friends are worth him."

She looks back at them and then at me, and says, "He is."

She takes my hand and we walk away.

She chose me over all of them.

I can't help the smile that comes on my face.

I feel happy and so much in love with this woman next to me.

Alice and Rose come up to us.

I tense a little, and Bella squeezes my hand.

They tell her they will always be here friends, and they hug her.

I am glad that they aren't as shallow as I thought they were.

Once inside the school, Bella kisses me and I feel happy.

I'm glad I don't have to walk away from her.

I love her more than my own life.

I will never want anyone other than her.

We are in this together.

She holds my hand and we walk side by side down the hallway.