A/N: The updates will be a little slower for a few days. Our entire house is sick with a nasty cough/cold. My 6y/o suffers from asthma so this cold turned into pneumonia for him. It's been a rough couple of days for all of us. I'll do my best to keep the updates coming as quickly as I can.
Disclaimer: I don't own Twilight or the characters. No copyright infringement intended.
During the night I went about my work like usual. I caught Edward watching me quite a bit throughout the night but I tried not to care. Alice kept pestering me for details into what was going on between Edward and I, especially since he drove me to work and was sticking around to take me home. I tried to talk Alice into driving me home but she wouldn't. I just felt like I couldn't trust myself around Edward. Anytime I was with him it was as if he had some magical power over me. He could convince me of anything and make me do things I'd never dream of doing before; like riding on a motorcycle.
"Can I get you anything else?" I asked Edward after he finished his food.
"I'll take a piece of that berry pie now," he said with a huge grin. I walked away refusing to respond to his smile and using all the willpower I had to not let him influence me. I got his pie and placed it in front of him without any other comments. Afterwards, I walked over to a table and started clearing it off. I could feel Edward's eyes on me while I worked.
The minutes flew by during those three hours and before I knew it I was getting ready to close up and leave. Edward was waiting outside for me while Alice and I along with the cook finished up the last few things.
Alice pulled me aside and asked me what was wrong so I explained what I was thinking. She laughed at me and told me I was totally over thinking everything. I didn't think so but I planned to find out. Alice told me to give Edward a chance to prove himself and to stop comparing everything he did to other guys. She seemed to have all the faith in the world in him.
Alice and I walked out together and as we hugged goodbye she reminded me not to be so uptight. I nodded my head and took a deep breath before heading over to where Edward was parked. He had a concerned look on his face and was leaning against his bike with his helmet in his hand. I stopped in front of him but neither of us said a word at first. He held the helmet out to me but I didn't take it right away.
"Before we go," he began leaning away from his motorcycle and taking a step towards me. On instinct, I took a step back unwilling to let him get too close. "Did I do something wrong?" The expression on his face looked hurt. I couldn't trust my own voice so I just shrugged my shoulders and looked at the ground. "I hope this isn't about what I told Alice. Because if it is, you should know there's a bet going around the hospital wondering how long it'll take before we get together, and which one of us will make the first move. I didn't want to give her the satisfaction of thinking she won something because of us. This whole bet thing kind of pisses me off. I've pretty much kept anything between us completely on a professional level where others are involved."
"But that's what sort of bothered me," I blurted before I could even think about what I was saying. Edward's eyes narrowed like he was trying to understand what I meant. "I get that the people who made this bet don't deserve to know anything, but I don't even know what's going on between us. I get the feeling you want to hide me. Because of past experiences that worries me a little. I don't want to be the girl on the side you use when it's convenient for you but no one ever knows about." He sighed and ran his fingers through his hair. I assumed he was trying to find the right words but I didn't wait around for him to say anything before I continued. "Maybe I'm reading too much into what has happened lately. Maybe it didn't mean anything. I just want to be sure I'm not being used for…" Before I could finish, Edward's lips were on mine in a passionate and fiery kiss. The power of the kiss blew me away. I'd never been kissed so forcefully and emotionally. I could feel every emotion he was emanating in that kiss.
He rested his forehead against mine and cradled my face in his hands while we caught our breath. "Bella, I'm going to be completely honest with you," he began. I stared into his bold, green eyes and could see the sincerity in them. "I'm not entirely sure what's going on between us either. I want something more but every time I think it's going in the right direction you pull away again. I've been trying to take things slow with you but if you want me to back off I will. Otherwise, I want to make this right. I don't want to hide my feelings for you. I want more."
"You do?" I asked still a little out of breath.
He smiled and gave me a peck on the lips. "Yes, I do."
"Okay," I said. I felt like an idiot for saying something so simple but I was so caught off guard by what he said I didn't know how to respond.
He chuckled and kissed my forehead before putting the helmet on my head. "I want to take you somewhere." He grabbed my hand and pulled me towards his motorcycle. I'd follow him anywhere.
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