I'm tossing in my last load of laundry when I hear my phone ring. I smile when I see who it is.
"Hello to you."
"I thought your plane left half an hour ago," I ask as I climb onto the papasan chair.
"Rain delay. They said we'd be boarding in about 15 minutes. I just wanted to hear your voice."
"I already miss you," I admit.
"Same here. I wish I didn't have to leave."
"Me, too, but you couldn't pass up Carlisle's offer to help you move. The sooner you're here for good, the better."
"I know. I just hate leaving you."
"It should go by fast. You'll be busy packing and stuff."
"True. Oh, I'm probably going to meet up with Eleazer and a couple of my other buddies for beers. I need to let them know what's going on."
"But you're not mentioning me, right?"
"Only because you asked me not to. I'd tell the whole world, if you'd let me."
I smile into the phone.
"Soon. I just want us to enjoy each other first."
First without the drama.
"And let's not forget Carlisle and Esme know now." I cringe at the memory.
Edward laughs loudly into the phone. "I don't think any of us will forget that anytime soon."
Hot tub + Topless + Busted by Esme and Carlisle = Last Saturday night
I bury my face in the chair cushion.
"Anytime ever." I mumble in phone.
I hear Carlisle calling Edward in the background.
"I gotta go. We're starting to board."
"Text me when you land."
"I will. Bye, Bella."
"You mean to tell me you're not worried about Tanya," Alice asks as she stuffs a nacho in her mouth.
"Why would I be worried about her? It's not like they're together."
Alice finishes chewing. "Um...I don't know...maybe because they dated forever and were just engaged."
I roll my eyes. "I'm not really the jealous type. You know this about me. If he wants her, then he'll be with her. I'm not going to beg someone to be with me."
"Don't even sit there and act like you wouldn't be bothered," Alice says and raises a brow at me.
"Of course I'd be bothered. I really like him. I'd be hurt, but I'm not going to worry about it. If he decides he doesn't want me...then...well... fuck him." I shrug and search for a good nacho.
"That would suck for him to ditch you before you even got to get down and dirty with him."
"And how do you know we didn't?"
"Puh-leaze. I've known you for like a bagillion years. Of course I would know."
I ignore her response because she's right. We haven't done the dirty dirty.
"So what is he doing all week? Just packing?"
"God, Alice. I don't know. I didn't ask for an itinerary." I'm starting to get annoyed. "He's an adult. He doesn't need to check in with me every five minutes."
"Alright, alright. Don't get all pissy."
I flip her off and walk to her kitchen and grab a water.
"I just don't trust Tanya. She didn't seem like someone who would just walk away quietly."
"Alice. Edward's there with your dad and has never given me a reason to think he wanted to be with her. They've been apart for a few months now. I'm not worried about either of them."
"We should totally look her up on Facebook." Alice nods excitedly.
"Are you crazy? I'm not cyber-stalking her. She doesn't seem the Facebook type anyway."
Alice walks over and grabs my laptop. "What's it going to hurt? I mean, it's not like she'll know we are looking. Just a quick peek."
"Fine. If it will get you to shut up about her, let's do it."
Alice smiles at me then begins to type.
"What's your password?"
"You're going to use my account?! Why don't you use yours? This was your idea."
"Because I don't want to be on mine. I'm avoiding this girl in my acting class who practically Facebook-stalks me. Every time she sees me online, she PMs me."
Jesus Christ she never stops talking.
"Whatever. It's the same password I use for everything."
Alice laughs and types in: PrettyInPink
"Don't laugh at me!" I toss a pillow at her. "You know my obsession with that movie."
"All of Forks High School does. You nominated it as our Prom theme and recreated your own version of the dress. So yes, we all know your obsession."
I can't lie. That movie has inspired me in more ways than one. Plus, it made me realize I could actually make things. Make pretty things.
"Geez, Bella. Notifications much? When was the last time you logged on? 2005?"
"Probably." I lean forward and laugh at my profile picture.
"Let's see here..." Alice types in: Tanya Denali
"Wow. There are more than I expected." Alice begins to scroll down the page. "Oh. Em. Gee. There she is."
She's just as stunning as I remember. Long blonde hair, long tanned legs. She's breathtaking.
"Alright, let's see what she's been posting." Alice clicks around to the main page.
"Looks like she's not on here much. Last post was a month ago. No mention of Edward at all."
I smile to myself. A small part of me was scared as to what her page would actually say.
"Okay, enough of the boring stuff, let's take a look at her pictures." Alice clicks around and finds her albums.
"This feels wrong."
"Relax! We aren't breaking and entering. These are public photos. Meant to be looked at...by the public."
There are only three albums: Christmas 2008, Graduation, Hawaii
"Let's start with Hawaii"
Alice clicks on the album and I can't help but to lean in closer.
"Holy crap! Look at her body in that bikini!"
I grimace. Jesus fucking christ she's perfect.
Alice continues to click through each picture. "Boring, boring, boring, ooh! Look, she's with Edward."
It looks like they are at luau and they look happy. I slump down in my chair.
Alice looks over at me. "I thought you weren't the jealous type...hmmm?"
She begins to laugh and roll my eyes and start watching TV.
"I'm not. I'm just not interested in his past." I flip through the channels, leaving her to her snooping.
"Oh, shit." Alice stops.
"What now?" I ask, tossing down the remote.
"I just messed up. Like really, really, really messed up."
I look over at her and she's like a deer in headlights.
"How did you mess up?"
She hesitates for a second.
"I...um...I accidentally hit 'like' on a photo."
"YOU WHAT?" I scream, jumping up from the seat.
"It was really quick. I unliked it immediately! Don't be mad!"
"Shit, Alice!" I run my fingers through my hair. "She's going to get a notification that I liked her photo. Bella fucking Swan in Forks, Washington was snooping on her Facebook!"
"I'm sorry! I don't know what happened. I forgot I was looking at her pics and just hit 'like'. I'm sorry! I don't know what else to say!"
Alice shuts my laptop, and fidgets with her hands. "She probably doesn't check it. Maybe she won't even remember you."
"Yeah, right, Alice. I made quite the scene at her engagement party. I don't think she's forgotten me."
"We can always just say that we were looking for photo's from that night. That's believable!"
"I'm not lying, Alice. Lying makes everything worse."
I decide to tell Edward. I don't want to start off on the wrong foot, keeping secrets. After Alice goes to bed I send him a quick text.
Call me when you have a min
I look at the clock and realize it's just after midnight, so it's 3 am there.
Oops. He probably won't get it anyway.
I crawl into Alice's guest bed and close my eyes. I must have dozed off quick because I wake up to my phone ringing and the clock says 12:15.
"Hi." My voice sounds groggy.
"Everything okay? Your text scared me."
"Yes, sorry. I didn't realize how late it was." I pause for a second. "I just wanted to tell you something. Something stupid that happened."
Edward clears his throat, I hear him shuffle in his bed.
"So, earlier tonight, Alice logs onto my Facebook account, which I don't use, to snoop on Tanya's page." I bury my face into pillow, completely ashamed.
Edward lets out a loud laugh.
"That's what you're worried about Bella? I don't care."
"But...that's not all." I grimace. "Alice accidentally 'liked' one of her pictures. She's going to know that we were snooping."
Edward lets out a sigh.
"Bella, stop stressing. I'm not worried about Tanya. So she gets an alert. Big deal. She'll probably be flattered that you're wanting to look for her. She'll concoct some fictitious story in her head that you're enamored by her or something."
"But you aren't mad?"
I let out a sigh of relief as he continues.
"You've never seemed the jealous type and something tells me this was more Alice's idea than yours. Besides, I don't think there's anything you can do to make me mad at you. Everything about you I like. And I mean everything."
Mmm. There's that voice.
"Same here. You have no idea." I close my eyes and picture him.
"What are you wearing?" He asks, catching me off guard.
I smile into the phone.
"A white tank top and panties."
His breath is heavy through the phone.
"My panties are rainbow colored and ruffled. And they're really soft. My tank top is small, ribbed. Kinda see-through"
I slide down the bed, stretching my long legs out.
"Wanna see me?"
"Yes," He replies quickly.
I take a quick picture and send it to him.
"You're going to be the death of me, Bella Swan."
I can't help but laugh.
"I haven't even started with you yet, Edward Cullen."
The rest of the week goes quickly. It's Friday night, which means I only have two days until Edward gets back. For good.
A group of my friends are going out to a new club called Midnight Sun that just opened in Port Angeles. Alice convinced me to go with them when she stopped by the store this afternoon. After helping her pick out something to wear tonight, she begged me to go.
As I pull my hair into a high ponytail, the doorbell rings.
"Just a minute!" I yell into a cloud of hairspray.
I hurry to the door, as an impatient Alice starts to knock.
"God. Calm down." I open the door.
"Holy frick you look hot."
Alice walks by me and looks me up and down.
"Thanks. But you look hotter."
She's wearing a short, strappy coral dress. It fits her perfectly and Jasper won't be able to keep his eyes off of her.
I'm in an 80s punk rock mood. Long, tight electric blue and black striped skirt, black tank top, leather jacket and leather ankle boots.
"You sure this isn't too short? I feel like my ass is hanging out." She pats the bottom of her dress.
"Alice. This is kind of what I do for a living. You look perfect. Trust me."
She smiles and grabs my purse for me.
"Let's go. I'll drive."
When we get there, there's a line down the block.
"Where are all these people from?" I ask.
"This place is supposed to be really cool. I heard people from Seattle were even driving here to check it out."
As we walk up the cobblestone road, I notice that a guy we graduated with is the doorman. He sees us at the same time.
"Bella, Alice." He says, waving us to the front of the line.
"Hi Demetri." Alice says. I just give a small wave.
"Wow. This placed it packed." She says, all smiles, swaying back in forth in her dress.
"Yeah. Um. You can go right in. No waiting in line for girls this beautiful."
Alice wraps her arms around Demetri, catching him by surprise as she squeezes him tight.
"Thank you, Demetri! I always thought you were awesomesauce."
I mouth 'thank you' as we walk past him, into the dark doors.
The place is loud. Very loud. We walk down a long hallway, almost like a tunnel.
"I feel like this is some kind of vampirey dungeon or something." I yell, linking my arm with hers.
"I know! Isn't this cool?" She squeals, leading us around the corner and toward the lights and music.
Strobe lights are flashing from everywhere. I see Jasper across the room.
"There. In the corner." I point and grab Alice's hand, pulling her through the crowd.
"There you are!" Jasper stands, his hands immediately travel down the slinky dress.
Damn I'm good.
I look around to see who else is here. Paul, Seth, Lauren and Mike.
Mike. Fuck My Life.
"Wowzas Bells. Looking good, looking good." Mike practically undresses me with his eyes as I make my way to them.
"Hi guys." I smile and take a seat on the couch.
"First round's on me." Seth says. "What do you girls want?"
"Appletini for me" Alice says. I look over at her and raise a brow. I've never seen her drink anything stronger than a Strawberry Daquiri.
"I'll take a Captain Morgan, 7-Up with a lime," I reply.
"So, Bella, what's new?" Mike doesn't waste any time, making his way over to me on the couch.
I know Mike's harmless and has never done anything inappropriate, but I've got to let him know I'm dating someone. Squash any hope from his mind.
"Not much. Just keeping busy at work." I smile. "And spending time with my boyfriend."
He looks surprised. His runs his fingers through his hair and leans back against the couch.
"Boyfriend, huh? Anyone I know?"
"You met him once, at the movies."
He nods. "Ahh, yes. Edmond, right?" He smiles.
"Huh? Sorry, can't hear you over the music."
"I said Edward. His name is Edward."
"Oh, sorry, yes Edward. How could I forget." Mike take a sip of his beer as Seth arrive with the drinks.
"Thanks, Seth." I squeeze the lime in and chug half of it down.
Seth sits down beside me, which makes me have to move closer to Mike.
"So where is he tonight?" Mike leans in and asks in my ear.
It is really loud, but he seems a little too close for comfort.
"He's out of town. He'll be back Sunday." I smile and take a sip of my drink."
"Gotcha." He half smiles.
I hope he takes the hint. I don't want to be rude tonight.
I feel my phone buzz from my purse. It's a text from Edward.
I text back: Yes. Just got here.
A lot of people?
I look around. There's people everywhere. Packed. Barely any room to move.
Having fun though?
So far. Just sitting at our table, watching Alice and Jasper dance.
Mike clears his throat beside me. I forgot he was even here. Yeah. Seth, Paul, Lauren and Mike. :/
Mike huh? Tell him I said hello.
This makes me laugh out loud, Lauren and Mike look over at me.
Don't worry. I already did.
Good. Have fun tonight. I'll talk to you later.
I will. Bye. xoxo - B
Later babe. - E
The next few hours are fun. Dancing, chatting, watching people. Mike hasn't bothered me again.
I'm actually have a fucking blast.
"Excuse me!" I yell to the bartender. "Two shots of Silver Patron, chilled."
"OH MY GOD, BELLA!" Alice grabs my face and squeezes my cheeks together. "I'M HAVING SOOOO MUCH FUN!" She giggles.
"Here. Let's do a toast." I hand her a shot.
"To bestestest friends." I raise my glass.
"To bestestestestester sisters." Alice clinks her glass with mine and downs it.
Before I can finish mine, she's screaming. "They're playing my song! My song!"
Alice grabs my hand and drags me to the dance floor. She's dancing around, her hands up in the air as she sings at the top of her lungs, "Bubble Butt...bubble, bubble, bubble butt."
I can't lie, this song is infectious.
We're dancing. Grinding. Singing. Sweating.
Then out of nowhere, I feel hands wrap around my thighs from behind.
"Listen Mike, I thought I told you..."
"Shhhhh." I hear in my ear as my body is pulled against someone.
"Have I mentioned you're going to be the death of me, Bella Swan?"
WHAT THE EFF?
I turn around and he's here. He's really here.
"Oh my God, you're here!"
I grab the back of his head and pull his lips to mine. This kiss is hard. Teeth hitting, moaning. It's panty-soaking.
I pull away, panting.
"What...how?" I stare up at him. His mouth is swollen from my attack.
"We finished early. I was in Seattle when I texted you. We took a private plane."
I drag my teeth across my bottom lip and look him up and down.
Edward Cullen has never looked hotter.
"Like what you see?" He smirks, pulling my bottom lip free.
"You are the finest fucker in this place. In the whole world," I blurt out, laughing.
I may be a little buzzed.
"And you...," he says pulling me to him. "Are the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. I saw you as soon as I walked in. This outfit..." his hands run down my back and over my ass as he leans in and whispers, "It's the hottest thing I have ever seen."
That does it. I've waited long enough.
I look up at him, at his messy hair, his white button down shirt, grey snug pants, his eyes, his mouth, his jaw.
As if the DJ read my mind, the next song starts to play.
"Let's get outta here."
I lace my fingers with his and pull him through the crowd, to the couch where everyone is sitting.
Without saying a word, I grab my purse and head down the dark hallway with Edward.
Enrique's words are fading in the background as we walk hand in hand out the door.
AN: What song do you think is playing as they leave the club? ;)
Outfits are posted on my polyvore page. You can find links on my bio page.
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