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Seven Years

EPOV

Alice was my favorite cousin and I really loved her. Hell, she was more like a sister to me, but unfortunately that didn't change the fact that she was one of the most annoying people I had ever met in my entire life. There were times that she annoyed the shit out of me and I kind of wanted to strangle her, and it was one of those freaking times now.

I loved kissing Bella and I was enjoying every second of it more than I could ever imagine until I saw Alice's grinning face looking at us. I just wanted to grab her and threw her out of the door and I didn't even feel guilty about thinking like that. There were no words to explain my shock and irritation as she kept looking at us with that stupid grin.

I hated her for interrupting us! My hands were just about to explore a little when Alice came barging in. I was dying to put my hands on Bella's- oh, God, I felt like such an asshole now. Maybe it was a good thing Alice came. I had a feeling that it was too early for my wandering hands.

"Finally," Alice shriked again, jumping up and down and looking like a huge idiot. "It took you guys long enough. I was getting worried."

"Alice, what the fuck are you doing here?" I snapped, sitting up on the couch and pulling a flushed looking Bella with me. I knew she was embarrassed as hell right now, and I wanted to kick myself for finding her flushed state hot while she was suffering.

"I was looking for you," Alice replied cheekily as I tried to not to gawp at Bella. "I told you to not to ignore me, Edward."

Her bossy tone made me want to choke her even more. Couldn't she see that we were in the middle of something? Something really, really important. God, she had been bothering the hell out of me for the last few days, calling me constantly. I foolishly thought that I could keep her away from me today, but, of course, I was wrong. Between her insistence and my mom's constant questioning, I was about to lose my mind.

"You know there is a reason I am ignoring you. I told you to not to interfere, Alice," I said, trying to sound calm, but I wasn't. Yeah, I was freaking angry, but I still didn't want to hurt her feelings. "But, no, you had to come here and ruin our afternoon."

"Oh, come on, don't be dramatic. You were begging me to help you a few days ago," Alice drawled, sitting down and making herself comfortable with a stupid grin on her face. I guess that was what made Bella get out of her daze and finally say something.

"Alice, how did you get in here?" Bella asked.

"I used the keys you gave me," Alice answered, playing with the said keys. "The same keys that Edward stole from me."

"Alice, for God's sake," I groaned, afraid of Bella's reaction, but Bella surprised me when she threw her head back and laughed loudly.

"I think it is time for you to give those keys back to me, Alice," Bella said between her giggles. "I gave it to you for emergencies anyway."

"This is an emergency," Alice instisted, breathing out loudly. "I called Edward for like fifteen times. I had to find him."

God, she was the dramatic one.

"For what?" I asked, already knowing the answer. My mom…

"Esme wants to talk to you. You can't keep running away from her," Alice said, giving me a meaningful look.

"I'm not running away. She has no reason to worry about me," I said tersely.

"She just wants to learn what is happening between me and Bella," I muttered, taking a deep breath.

"Yeah, she does. She thinks that Bella doesn't return your feelings and she is really upset," Alice said, making me feel like an asshole, but come on… I told Mom time and time again that she didn't need to worry about me.

I hated that I made my mother worry, but the truth was that I didn't know what was really happening between me and Bella. I mean, I knew what I wanted, but I still wasn't sure that I managed to convince her completely. Sure, she said that she was ready to give it a chance, making me extremely happy. However, I wasn't the smoothest guy and there was always a chance of me fucking it up.

Everything was up to Bella anyway. I was almost sure that she wouldn't like me going and telling everything to my mom. As much as I wanted to tell it to everyone, I had a feeling that we would keep our relationship to ourselves for a while. I knew she was still wary about me and my feelings. It hurt that she couldn't trust me completely, but I understood her. It pained me to think about all the things I had put her through, and I knew that I wasn't going to betray her trust once again. Everything was going to be as she wanted.

"I think we still need some time to process what is actually going on before we tell our parents," Bella said all of a sudden as if she sensed what I was thinking.

"I thought you were together. Aren't you together? Why hide it?" Alice asked, looking at me with worried eyes and I fought hard to not to roll my eyes at her.

"Yes, we are," Bella said before I had a chance to open my mouth and her instant and confident response caused me to smile like an idiot."We are giving it a chance, but I can't even imagine what my mom's reaction will be if we tell them now. God, she will go crazy. I just need a little time with Edward before all of their craziness."

All I could do was sit there and look at her with a wide smile on my face as she talked. She was just amazing. Amazing… She just surprised the hell out of me with her amazing words, but she always did that. She always surprised me. Pulling her to myself, I pressed a kiss to her forehead and my heart literally skipped a beat when she sighed. I just loved her. It was that simple.

"Aww, that is so sweet," Alice said as I continued to grin like an idiot. "I know Esme won't stop before she gets some answers, though."

"She has to be patient for a while," I said lazily, kissing Bella's head once again.

"She won't stop bothering you, Edward."

I knew Alice had a point. Mom was going crazy, trying to make me spill the beans. I told her that we were fine and she had nothing to worry about, but that didn't stop her from grilling me for more detailed answers.

"Anyway, Esme invited your parents to dinner, Bella. She is going to call and invite you too, but she's a little nervous about it after the fight you had with Edward," Alice rushed out. "I told her that you wouldn't hold it against her, but she is so confused about everything."

"She is just being a dramatic, and you are exactly like her, Alice," I said, rolling my eyes. "She knows Bella likes her."

"I will give her a call," Bella said, giving me a smile. "My mom is freaking out as well. She keeps telling me that you're a nice guy and that I shouldn't let you go away."

"I am a nice guy," I mumbled, kissing her jaw and making her giggle.

"Okay, stop flirting for a second," Alice sang, ignoring the glare I sent her. "The dinner is going to be awkward. They will want answers. What are you going to do?"

"We're going to do this our way and they have to wait."

Alice opened her mouth to ask further questions, but I guess she took the hint when I continued to glare at her. However, her silence lasted for ten seconds.

"Okay, what are our plans for today?" she asked, turning on the tv.

"We had some plans, but I don't think you are involved in our plans," I said teasingly and laughed when she threw a pillow at me.

"Oh, am I interrupting?" She asked,trying to sound hurt, but she was already smiling.

"No, you aren't, Alice," Bella said, giggling. "We were just going to look at a few apartments that Edward found."

"Oh, I know. Esme sent me some photos of those crappy little apartments he found online."

"Well, thank you, Alice," I said sarcastically. "Nice to hear."

"Come on, you can find better than those," she said and took a pink laptop out of her big black bag. "You are just too lazy to search. I have a friend who is a real estate agent. I think he can find you something good."

"Alice, I am capable of finding myself an apartment," I said, annoyed that she was once again intervening, but actually it would be nice if she found me somewhere. I guess I was lazy.

"I saw those apartments. They are awful," she dismissed me once again and began to type furiously.

"Whatever," I grumbled as Bella snickered next to me.

"She is insistent," Bella whispered to my ear.

"No, she is annoying," I said in a loud voice, causing Bella to giggle harder.

"Oh, shut up, Edward. I'm going to find you a great place. You should be grateful," Alice mumbled, not even looking at me.

A few hours later, Alice had a few new options for me that we could look at in a few days and looked very smug. When she finished her research, she dragged me out of Bella's apartment, claiming that she wanted to spend some time with me.

"What do you want?" I barked out once we were in my car.

"Calm down, Edward," she hissed, giving me a glare. "I'm trying to help you here."

"Oh, really? By dragging me out of my girlfriend's aparment? I wanted to spend some time with her!"

"Your girlfrend, huh?" she asked, smiling. "Do you have anything planned for Valentine's day? It's coming up and I have to be sure that you have something great planned after that horrible date," she said in one breath and looked at me expectantly.

"Alice, for God's sake, I… you're still meddling," I groaned and took a deep breath. "Look, I don't want to sound like an asshole because I love you and you helped me a lot about Bella, but my relationship with Bella is so delicate. I feel like I could lose her any moment and I am so fucking scared that she will change her mind about me. It's… it is just so complicated."

"Oh, Edward," Alice sighed, patting my arm. "I am not trying to tell you what to do. I am just trying to help you."

"I feel like a jerk now," I muttered, making Alice snicker.

"So, anyway, do you have something planned?"

"I… well, I thought about something, but it is so cheesy," I mumbled, feeling myself blush. There was no way I was going to talk Alice about this.

God, it was so embarrassing, anyway. I couldn't even believe that I happened to think about something like that in the first place. It was cheesy, corny and maybe a little bit stupid, but I just couldn't let the idea go away from my mind. It was all I could think about ever since I had remembered that Bella had asked me to go to the prom with her.

"Ooh, tell me, come on," Alice cried, sounding really excited.

"You will laugh," I grumbled, starting the car.

"No, I won't. Come on, Edward," Alice whined, jumping up and down on her seat. "I promise I won't laugh."

"Stop jumping! Promise me that you won't tell anyone," I muttered as she nodded furiously.

A few minutes later, she was grinning from ear to ear as I fidgeted nervously.

"You're laughing," I pointed, glaring at her.

"No, I am not laughing, Edward. It is just, wow! I didn't know you had it in you. It is actually quite romantic."

"Isn't it too much?" I asked in a weird, croaking voice. God, what the hell was happening to me? I was turning into a girl. A lovesick girl.

"Oh, my God, Edward! Are you blushing?" Alice laughed, pinching my cheek. "You are so in love. It is so sweet."

"Alice, focus! Is my idea too much?"

"Well, maybe, but, I think Bella will like it. You should definitely do that."

My mind was full of embarrassing ideas as I drove to my parent's house. Yeah, my idea was kind of romantic, but it had the possibility of turning into a nightmare. I didn't know what Bella would think about it, but I hoped she would find it romantic. God, I was sappy.

"Edward, you should talk to your mother," My dad said as soon as we entered the living room. "She is driving me crazy."

"About what?" I asked, trying to sound causal. I needed to escape to my room before Mom found me.

"She is freaking out. She invited Renee and Charlie and she is going to call Bella, too-"

"Oh, you are here!" I heard Mom's voice and turned around to look at her.

"Yeah, Mom. How are you?"

"Edward, I invited her parents, but is it okay for me to invite, Bella? I mean, I know you said it is complicated between you two, but it would be extremely rude if I didn't invite her."

"Mom, calm down," I said, throwing my arm around her shoulders. "Of course, we will invite, Bella."

"Oh, okay," she said, sounding relieved.

"I told you," Dad said in a smug tone.

"Did you talk to her?" Mom asked in a voice so hopeful that I had to smile.

"Yeah, we talked."

"And?" Mom prodded, sounding extremely curious.

"It is still complicated, Mom, but we are talking, okay," I said, trying to placate her.

"I am sure she loves you back, "she said, giving me a sad smile and patting my cheek.

"You should give her a hint. She thinks her son is in love with someone who doesn't love her back and this is hurting her," Alice hissed once we were alone.

"When we are going to tell people is up to Bella. Delicate, remember?"

"I don't think you're delicate. You just don't know how strong you are when you are together."

With these words, Alice left, leaving me with a lot of things to think about.

My mother's bickering woke me up the following morning. She tended to freak out whenever we had guests over and I could see that she was extra nervous this time. After making me clean my room throughly and water the plants in the garden, she manipulated me into helping her in the kitchen. I didn't know how I ended up there, but I found myself mashing vegetables and stirring the soup in the kitchen.

"The woman you're going to marry is one lucky lady," Mom suddenly said, making me nearly choke on my saliva. What the hell?

"Thanks, Mom," I managed to croak out, feeling awkward as hell. This thing was getting ridiculous.

"You're intelligent, handsome. You have a good heart and you can cook," she said, winking at me.

"Okay, Mom, thanks, I guess," I mumbled once again, looking everywhere but her. This was getting more awkward with each second.

"I know you love her, and I think she loves you too. You can never know what life will give you, though. I just want you to stay positive and be yourself," she said, sounding like she was about to cry.

"Mom, come on," I said, opening my arms and she nearly ran towards me to hug me.

"It was just so cute, seeing you telling her that you love her. I just wish you two to be happy," she said, sniffing. "Renee says that she has hope, but I can't stand to see you upset."

"Mom, I am not upset," I said, cupping her cheeks. "I swear I am fine."

"You know, it didn't surprise me when you shouted that you loved her. I always knew. It was always Bella for you. It is her for you," she said, giving me a watery smile.

"Well, I guess, it was really obvious," I said as she nodded, smiling.

"It is so obvious and I have hope that she will see that."

"Thanks, Mom," I muttered, feeling like shit that I was keeping it from her. However, Bella was right. Telling our mothers would be like giving them permission to plan our wedding. They wouldn't know where or when to stop and it would drive us crazy.

"Oh, Edward, Steve and Jane are coming as well. They called this morning and I couldn't say no," Mom said, looking at me apologeticly.

"Mom," I groaned, taking a deep breath. It was going to be long night. Steve was my dad's co worker. He was okay and I liked his wife, Jane. However, their daughter was a pain in the ass. "Is Maggie coming too?"

"Well, I guess," Mom said, trying to stiffle her laugh. "I am sure she won't miss the chance of seeing you."

"Oh, God, help me," I muttered as my mother burst into giggles.

Maggie was the most irritating woman I had ever met in my entire life. Whenever we happened to be in the same room, all she did was stare at me, smirk and make inappropriate comments. That was creepy as hell.

"Jane says she is dating some man. I am sure she won't make you uncomfortable this time."

"I hope so, Mom."

I hoped so, but, still, I should have known better. Maggie and her family arrived before the Swans and Maggie kept looking at me whenever she thought I wasn't looking. Creepy. Just as she took a step towards my direction, Mom entered the room with a bright smile.

"Renee and Charlie is here. Bella is with them," she announced, making me stand up abruptly and Dad chuckle on my behalf.

"Charlie, Renee, welcome," my dad greeted them as they entered the living room. "Bella, looking as pretty as always."

"Hi, Carlisle," Bella said, turning into a beautiful pink. I knew people around us were talking and hugging each other, but all I could see was Bella. She looked amazing in her long purple dress and her beautiful hair made me want to kiss her. There was no word other than beautiful to describe her.

"Bella, hi," I breathed out, making a move to hug her and she put her arms around my neck. I was aware that everyone was watching us, but I didn't find it inside me to care. She was amazing and she was mine. "You look breathtakingly beautiful."

"Oh, you're so smooth," she said, giggling and kissed my cheek. "Thank you."

"It's the truth," I mumbled, kissing her cheek. "Beautiful."

"Thank you," she whispered again and gave me a beautiful smile.

"How are you doing, Edward?" I heard Charlie's voice behind me and stiffined.

"Hi, Charlie. I'm great. How are you?"

"Doing good," he muttered, looking at me with narrowed eyes. "I'm good as long as Bella continues to smile. She is precious to me. I don't know if I can make myself clear," he said, kissing Bella's temple as she rolled her eyes.

"Dad, stop trying to intimidate him," Bella said, giving her father a soft smile. "You know you like Edward."

"I was just trying to have a conversation with him," Charlie grumbled and walked away.

"Sure," Bella shouted after him, rolling her eyes once again.

"He's just trying to warn me," I said, grabbing Bella's hand. "There is no harm in that."

"He is being ridiculous. Mom is being, too. I know tonight's going to be weird."

"Well, I know it, believe me," I sighed. "Mom cornered me in the kitchen and told me how awesome I am," I said, rolling my eyes as Bella snickered.

"Well, I guess she is a little biased."

"A little?" I asked, trying to supress the need to kiss her.

"Yeah, only a little."

"I really want to kiss you right now," I blurted out without really thinking and grinned as her face got pinker.

"We have to stay discreet for now, Edward. Can you imagine what our mothers would do if they knew about us?" she asked in horror, making me nearly shiver. Well, I guess she wasn't aware that we were standing in a crowded room and holding hands.

Thankfully, noone approached us about this and we were in our own bubble until we started eating. That was when everything started to go wrong.

"So, Edward, how are you?" Maggie asked in a weird voice, causing me to nearly choke on my wine.

"Good, thank you," I croaked out, trying to be polite, but I was freaking out. I knew there was more to come. I could feel it.

"So, you finally graduated? You are an architect now. That is so hot," she said in a whiny voice as my eyes bugged out of my head. What the hell was she talking about? Hot?

"Yeah, I graduated," I muttered, feeling all kinds of awkward.

"I heard that you're going to work with my dad and Carlisle. Awesome. We will be able to see each other more often."

"Umm, I guess," I mumbled, feeling Bella's eyes on me. Shit, I was sure she was going to grill me about this later. What Maggie said next was the worst though.

"Why don't we go out tomorrow night?"

My mother must have sensed the horror I felt because she interrupted me before I could say anything.

"Do you want some more rice, Maggie?"

"Oh, no thank you, Esme. I am trying to lose a few pounds."

I heard Bella snort really loudly next to me. I knew she hated skinny girls who were always on a diet and that wasn't the only reason for her to dislike Maggie. She was just plain annoying. As discreetly as I could, I grabbed her hand under the table and gave her a soothing look.

"So, what was I talking about? Oh,how about tomorrow night, Edward?" Maggie asked once again, obviously oblivious to Bella's glare.

"I don't think it is a good idea, Maggie," I answered, giving her a forced smile. God, why me?

"Why? Do you have a girlfriend or something?" she asked as she took a bite of her salad. What the hell was wrong with this girl? Why did she have to do this now?

"Well, I…" I muttered, not really knowing what to say. "I have so many things to do. You know I am just moving back to the city."

"Oh, come on. One night of fun. It will be good for you before you start working your ass off."

"Maybe you should shut up and eat some rice," Bella said, taking a sip from her wine and gave Maggie a large, frightening smile, making my mouth drop open in shock. It wasn't like Bella at all.

"Excuse me, I was talking to Edward. Did I ask for your opinion?" Maggie asked harshly, not even aware that Bella was about to lash out on her. However, I knew Bella well enough to know that she was about to lose it. It was obvious from her bright red face, from her shaking hands and from the way she drank all of her wine.

"You know what? I am sick and tired of watching girls like you try to get his attention. What you don't understand is that you look and sound pathetic. It's clear that you're making him uncomfortable. God, you're making everyone uncomfortable. So, please, shut up," Bella said in a breath and finished the rest of her wine as I just gaped at her. That was kind of hot…

"Who the hell do you think you are?" Maggie asked, sounding really offended and I nearly barked out a laugh in joy. Well, maybe it was the joy I felt that made me blurt out the next sentence.

"Well, Maggie, she is my girlfriend."


Hi, everyone!

I am so sorry it took me so long to update, but I barely have time to write. Thank you to everyone who read and reviewed the last chapters. Your kind words encourage me to write more. Thank you so much.

Have a great Sunday!

E.