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Chapter 154

Leaning against the door arch to the kitchen, I watched Bella as she started cooking dinner for everyone. She never wanted help; my mom and Sue had to practically bribe her into agreeing to let them help her.

"You are so sprung, it is almost shameful," I heard Rosalie say as she came up behind me. I laughed turning to look at her.

"I can't help myself. She makes feel like a little puppy following her around," I replied running my fingers through my hair. "Don't tell anyone I said that," I quickly added and she laughed slipping her arm into mine.

"I won't tell a soul; well, maybe I'll tell Bella," Rose teased as she laughed. "I like the way she makes your face light up though. I've never seen you like this," she continued.

"I've never felt like this," I replied looking back at Bella when I heard her laughing at something my mother said.

I loved the way her face lit up when she laughed. She was happy and I wanted to keep it that way until the day she died. I never wanted her to be upset or hurt again.

She looked over at me, always seeming to know when I was watching her. She smiled, her cheeks filling with her blush.

I never imagined I could feel this way. That I would feel like I needed another person more than I needed air to breathe. Her happiness meant everything to me—her safety was my number one priority and her smile was my lifeline.

"Wow," I heard Rose breath out and I turned to look at her.


"The way you look at her. She told Alice and me, but I didn't believe it until now," she said with a smile on her face. I shook my head because my parents and brothers were always talking about the way I looked at Bella.

"I think she put a spell on me Rose," I joked and she laughed at me.

"No, you're in love, Eddie boy. It looks good on you; I'm happy for you," Rose replied placing her head on my shoulder.

"Maybe, if you let people see who you really are, you'll get it, too," I told her, and I felt her shake her head on my shoulder.

"I'm too broken…"

"I doubt that. You're one of the strongest people I know," I told her. I could only imagine what it was Rose was running from, but whatever it was, I knew it took guts for her to walk away.

"I wish you were my brother," she said with a little sadness, but smile in her voice.

"Who said I wasn't your brother?" I asked. She smiled up at me and then kissed my cheek.

"Best surrogate brother a girl could wish for," she told me before walking away.

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