I carefully slipped out of the bed and pulled on my robe when I heard my cell phone ring. I ran downstairs and grabbed the phone, wondering who would call me here. The others know I don't want to be disturbed this weekend unless there was an emergency. "Hello," I answered.
"Rosalie," Esme said. I frowned. Why was Esme calling me? She had only said one thing to me since I last saw her.
"What do you want?" I asked. I was glad Bella was asleep, otherwise she would have yelled at me for being rude.
"I wanted a chance to talk to you and Bella," Esme said.
"Now's not a good time," I said. I refused to ruin Bella's weekend to talk to Esme. Even if Esme was the more reasonable of the two.
"I understand but I would really like to talk to the two of you," Esme said sadly. "Perhaps sometime when you aren't busy?"
I hesitated. "I don't think that's a good idea."
"I'm sorry about what happened earlier. What Carlisle said was over the line," Esme said. I could hear the anger in her voice and it surprised me. She had never been angry at him before. She always sat back and let Carlisle do what he wanted. It was the main thing about her that always frustrated me. "I will be speaking to him about what he said." She paused for a moment. "I wanted to thank you for sparing Carlisle. I am angry with him and I don't blame you for reacting the way you did, but thank you."
"I didn't do it for you," I said. "I did it for Bella."
"I know," Esme said sadly. "But I'm still grateful."
"I'll talk to Bella," I said sighing. "But keep Carlisle away. I don't trust him, no matter what Jasper tells me."
"Thank you," Esme said before hanging up.
I tossed my phone on the couch. "Hey," Bella called from the bottom of the stairs, wearing a robe Alice had packed for her. I whipped around to look at her. I was so focused on Esme I hadn't heard her come down.
"Did I wake you?" I asked concerned.
Bella shrugged. "I woke up and you weren't there," she said, pretending it didn't matter. I could detect a hint of fear in her voice.
Damn, how could I have been so stupid? Ever since Edward left her and I came back she had been afraid we would leave her again. After time that fear had started to subside. She would never admit it out loud because she didn't want to seem needy but I knew that fear was still there. I made sure I was always around when she woke up so this wouldn't happen.
"I'm sorry," I said walking over to her and pulling her against my chest. "I didn't mean to scare you."
Bella shook her head. "It's stupid," she said. "I didn't mean to be clingy."
"You're not clingy," I said breathing in her scent. "You just have abandonment issues thanks to Edward. They don't disappear overnight. It takes time. Are you hungry?"
"A little," she admitted.
I pulled her to the kitchen so I could cook for her. "What do you want to eat?" I asked.
"Just a sandwich," she replied. "What time is it?"
"Just after four," I said after checking my phone. "You slept most of the afternoon."
"Sorry," she said looking down.
I sat the knife down and went to her side. "Don't be sorry," I said. "We are together, that's all that matters this weekend."
I kissed her forehead and went back to her sandwich. "Do we have time to ride the motorcycle tonight?" she asked.
"We have a few hours until dark," I said. "We can go after you eat."
I sat the plate in front of her and went to the cabinet to pull out some chips. I opened the bag and sat it next to Bella. She grabbed a small handful and placed them on her plate. "Is riding a motorcycle hard?" she asked.
"It's kind of like riding a bike," I said trying to find the best way to explain it. "The hardest part is usually balancing the bike. After that it's a matter of working the clutch and everything else. I'll be right there beside you so you don't have to worry."
"I'm not worried," she said taking another bite of her sandwich. "Do you need to hunt again?"
"I'll be fine Bella," I assured her. I knew why she was asking. She was afraid of getting hurt and making me uncomfortable. "I'll keep you safe."
"It's not me I'm worried about," she said, pulling me against her.
"I'll be fine, I promise," I said again. "I can always hunt while you are sleeping."
She nodded and finished up her food. She cleaned up the dishes while I got dressed. Once she was dressed in her riding gear we left the house. I held the bike upright for her so she didn't struggle climbing on. I got on the bike behind her and wrapped my arms around her waist.
"Alright, where's the clutch?" I asked. She pointed it out and I continued to quiz her on the parts of the bike. "Okay, start the bike, good, now flip up the kickstand."
She shifted trying to flip the kickstand. If it wasn't for me holding onto her she would have fallen over with the bike on top of her. "I have it," I said. I tightened my grip on her and flipped the kickstand. "Now, flip the clutch lever," I pointed it out, "and switch to first gear, good, now slowly release the clutch."
Bella slowly released the clutch and as soon as the bike lurched forward she let it go. I quickly grabbed it before anything happened. "Sorry," she muttered.
I kissed her cheek. "It's okay," I said. "Let's try it again."
As soon as it started getting dark we went inside. Bella was learning well. She wasn't quite ready to ride on her own but she was decent and she seemed to love the speed. "Thanks Rose," she said kissing me. "I'm going to go shower."
I flipped through the collection of movies Alice left us while she showered. It was still too early for her to go to bed. I rolled my eyes at some of the movies Alice packed. Another one made me frown. Did Alice really pack porn for us? My phone vibrated in my pocket. I checked my phone and found a text from Alice.
Emmett packed the porn, the message said.
I groaned and tucked it away so Bella wouldn't see it. I didn't want to embarrass her. I settled on Finding Nemo. I popped it into the DVD player and let the credits play while I changed into some pajamas.
When I got back to the bedroom Bella was laying on the bed with her back against the headboard. "Are you okay with the movie?" I asked. She wasn't big on TV so I wasn't too sure.
"Yeah," she said resting her head on my shoulder when I climbed into bed.
The next day we were getting ready to go to the beach. I packed a lunch for Bella and was currently waiting for Bella to get ready. I was already dressed with a tank top and daisy duke shorts on top of my bikini. The bikini was all Alice's idea. I prefer swim suits that cover more but Alice seemed to have others ideas.
It made me wonder what she was going to dress Bella in. Bella walked down the stairs and my jaw dropped. She was wearing a black bikini that didn't cover much. She was trying to pull the bottoms down so they could cover more.
"I don't think this is a good idea," she said.
I chuckled as I went to her side. "You look beautiful," I said honestly. I pulled her hands away from her bottoms and pulled her against my body. I kissed her neck and grinned as she moaned.
"Can't we stay here?" she begged.
"Unfortunately not," I laughed. "It will be fun Bella. I promise. But if you want to leave we can."
She sighed. "I'm just going to put some shorts on real quick," she said before heading back upstairs.
While she was upstairs I placed the picnic basket, umbrella, towels, sunscreen and everything else we would need by the front door. The beach was within walking distance from the house so there was no need to take the motorcycle, which was a good thing considering there was no place to store stuff on it.
Bella came downstairs a few minutes later wearing shorts very similar to mine and a tank top. "I'm ready," she announced. She frowned. "Are you even able to go outside? What about the sun?"
"Alice assured me it will be cloudy all day today," I told her.
She relaxed at the thought. "Okay, we can go then," she said.
I handed her the towels and a bag with a few things in it. I grabbed the rest of our things and held her hand as we walked to the beach. "Better than La Push?" I asked as she looked around the beach.
"Much better," she agreed.
We found a spot that was less crowded than the rest of the beach. Bella laid the towels down side by side while I put the picnic basket at the bottom of our towels. I opened the umbrella and sat it up at the top. The rest of our things were deposited underneath the umbrella.
Bella looked around to make sure no one was watching up before stripping off her shorts and tank top. I quickly followed her lead and grinned as her jaw dropped. "Like what you see?" I teased.
She blushed and looked away. I pulled out the sunblock and handed it to her. She rubbed the sunscreen on her body and I had to look away. Bella lightly tapped my arm with the container. "Can you get my back?"
I rubbed the sunscreen on her back before dropping the container back in the bag. "So what is this?" she asked pulling out a boogie board from the bag.
"That is a boogie board," I told her. "Emmett got it for us. It's actually rather fun even though we don't get to go to the beach all that often except at night."
We laid on the blankets for a while, enjoying the outdoors. I tried to tune out the sound of the teenage boys whispering amongst themselves about how hot I was. Two guys were particularly loud and I could see Bella glaring at them.
I chuckled and moved closer to my mate. "Jealous love?" I asked running my fingers down her bare back.
She shuddered under my touch and rested her forehead on my arm. "They are looking at you like you're a piece of meat," she muttered. "I don't like it."
"It's okay my love," I said. "They can look all they want but they will never have me." I leaned over and kissed her.
"What a waste," I heard one of the guys say as I pulled away from Bella.
"Yeah," his friend agreed. "Why would such a hot girl be with someone so plain?" Bella stared at me in confusion as I growled.
"She's probably rich," the first guy said. "It's the only way she could ever get someone that hot to be with her."
My lip curled back showing my teeth. I was ready to pounce on them and make them suffer for their comments about my mate. "Rose, don't," Bella said softly. She didn't know what was going on, or what those boys were saying, but she did know I was upset.
I took a deep breath and focused my attention back on my Bella. "Are you hungry?" I asked.
She shrugged and I reached out for the basket. I unpacked a BLT, chips, apple slices and some cookies and laid them out in front of Bella. She reached for the apple slices and I repacked the rest of the food for later. "Water or juice?" I asked.
"Juice," she replied and I pulled out a bottle of pineapple juice.
"Is it hard being around humans out here?" she asked.
"No," I replied honestly. "With you right next to me it's hard to focus on the others. That and they are far enough away that their scent isn't that strong."
After she ate we decided to test the water. I grabbed the boogie board just in case. Bella put her foot in the water and jumped. I laughed. "You can sleep next to a cold vampire every night but the ocean is too much?"
Bella glared at me. "You're comfortable, the ocean isn't," she said.
I laughed again. "You are such a strange human," l said. She glared at me again and I pulled her into my arms. "But you are my strange human. Come on, you will be perfectly safe, I promise."
She sighed and went into the water again. Once her body adjusted to the water I showed her how to boogie board. It took a while but she was finally getting the hang of it. Until a larger wave came and knocked her down.
I rushed to her side when she didn't move. "Bella," I called frantically. Her heartbeat was strong and I didn't smell blood so I was sure she was okay. She groaned and rolled over. "What's wrong?" I helped her sit up.
"My shoulder," she moaned holding her arm against her chest.
"Alright, let's get you back to the house," I said. I mentally sighed in relief. I pulled her off the ground and into my arms so I could carry her home.
I made a decision to call Alice and ask her to clean up everything. "Our stuff," Bella muttered as I walked past our spot.
"Alice will take care of it," I told her.
I carried her home and gently sat her down on the bed. "You have three choices," I told her. "Either I take you to the hospital to get your shoulder popped back, we call Carlisle and have him come do it, or I do it myself."
She gulped loudly. "You do it," she whispered. I wasn't her first choice but she didn't like her other options, which was fine. I didn't care as song as she was taken care of.
"Okay," I said, leaning over to kiss her forehead. "Hold still. This is going to hurt but it will be over quick."
I grabbed ahold of her shoulder and twisted it with just enough force to put it back into place. I had seen Carlisle do this enough times to be comfortable enough to do it myself.
Bella winced in pain but didn't make a sound. "Better?" I asked.
"Yes," she agreed. I went to the kitchen and grabbed her some aspirin and water. She quickly gulped the pills down. "I'm going to go shower."
I decided showering was a good idea and got in and out of the other shower in five minutes. I went downstairs after finishing up and saw all of our stuff was sitting in the corner.
Minutes later I heard the water shut off. I made my way back upstairs and saw Bella leave the bathroom with her pajamas on. "How's your shoulder feeling?" I asked climbing on the bed.
"Sore," she replied. "But it does feel better." She bit her lip. "Your body would be a good ice pack."
I grinned at her and patted the bed beside me. "Do you want to watch a movie again?" I asked as she situated herself so her shoulder was resting on mine.
She nodded against my body. I got up, put a movie in the DVD player and was back in bed within seconds. It took Bella a minute to realize I had left.
Ten minutes into the movie Bella was fast asleep.