This was a collab between myself & Mrs Robward. This was our contribution to The Fandom Fights The Floods.

All things Twilight related of course belong to Stephenie Meyer.

I was sitting at the desk in my office looking through the notes for my next appointment. They'd been married for three years, no children. She was a house wife who was working on a novel. He owned a local nightclub with a childhood friend. It was noted that he worked long shifts, keeping late hours most nights, and sometimes staying overnight at the club. Their sex life, according to the husband, was almost non- existent. She claimed their sex life was in ruins because he never tried to pleasure her, only himself. She felt under- appreciated and he was becoming tired of her whining (his words not mine) and promises that she would get the book out soon.

I sighed and shook my head. This is why I've never gotten married.

"Dr. Cullen?" my receptionist, Jessica, stuck her head in the door. "Your 2:00 is here."

"Give me a moment and then send them in please." I replied not looking up from my notes.

"Uh, Dr. Cullen?" she stepped into my office and shut the door behind her.

"Yes Jessica?" I asked looking up.

"Well, see they aren't both here. It's just the wife. He hasn't shown up yet." she said peeking back out the door.

"What do you mean?" I stood up from my desk. "How long has she been here?" I moved over to look out into the waiting room.

"At least an hour." Jessica replied peeking back out the door.

I could see her standing there alone, staring out the window as if she were watching for him. She was petite and had long wavy brown hair. I could see her shoulders shaking slightly and then I heard her sniffling. I sighed again, shaking my head and shutting the door quietly.

"Let's see...it's 1:30 now. You say she's been here almost an hour?" I asked sitting back down.

"Yes sir. She got here early to fill out her paper work. She said that he was supposed to meet her for lunch but never showed up so she came on in since she was already in town."

I started flipping back through the notes. Hmm...the wife suspected he was having an affair. Something about a waitress at the club.

"I'll give him twenty more minutes and if he's not here I'll go ahead and bring in the wife."

"Okay Dr. Cullen." Jessica slipped out of the office and back to her desk.

I flipped through the pages reading back over the notes. Well, it would seem the husband standing the wife up for lunches and dinners was not an uncommon thing. It seems that the final straw was a few weeks ago when he didn't come home for their anniversary dinner she had planned. I chuckled as I read one of the complaints the husband had made against his wife. He had said when they first met that her clumsiness was cute, but now he considers it just annoying and embarrassing.

I glanced up at the clock to see it was now 1:55. I decided to go see for myself if the husband had shown up. I opened the door looking out into the waiting room to see just the wife sitting on the couch leaning on her elbows with her face in her hands. I glanced over to Jessica who just shrugged her shoulders and shook her head.

"Mrs. Hunter?" I called out.

She jumped slightly and raised her head to look at me. Her eyes were puffy and red from crying, but I could still see that they were a beautiful, deep brown. She had a gorgeous heart shaped face that was framed by her silky mahogany colored hair.

"Yes?" she answered with a shaky voice.

"Come on into my office." I said giving her a caring smile.

She gave me a tentative grin in return as she raised up from the couch. She took a step nearly tripping over her own feet. I moved quickly to help her steady herself. I grabbed her forearms as she fell against my chest. I felt a shock run through my system when I touched the bare skin of her arms.

"Oh God I'm so sorry." she said looking up at me.

"It's okay. No big deal." I smiled down at her. "Right this way." I lead her into my office and shut the door behind us. "Please have a seat." I motioned for her to have a seat on the black leather couch. I walked over to my desk and picked up the folder and my notepad before I sat back down.

"Dr. Cullen, I apologize for James not being here. I don't know what's keeping him." she said in a defeated voice.

"It's okay Mrs. Hunter. You are not responsible for your husband's actions." I gave her a sad smile as I sat down in the chair by the couch.

"I know it's just..." she started to cry softly. "I really thought he wanted to try and salvage what was left of our marriage." she sniffed as she tried to hold in her sobs.

I reached over and handed her a box of tissues. "It's okay Mrs. Hunter," I said patting her leg gently.

"Please call me Bella." she said through her tears.

"Okay Bella. When was the last time you spoke with your husband?"

She sighed. "Yesterday morning."

"Yesterday morning?" I asked surprised.

"Yes." she whispered.

"I see."

"I tried to call him several times today. He promised me yesterday we would meet for lunch. I called his cell this morning but it went straight to his voice mail. I went by his club... but he wasn't there."

"I see. Does this happen often?" I questioned her as I poured us both a glass of water. I handed her the cup and set mine down on the table beside us.

She took a sip from the glass of water and nodded her head yes. "Quite often actually."

"Have you tried talking to him about it?"

"Yes, many times."

"What does he say?"

She laughed a humorless laugh. "He tells me I'm over reacting."

I could hear voices outside the door. It almost sounded like Jessica trying to keep someone from coming into the room.

"So Bella, do you still want to salvage what's left of your marriage as you put it?" I asked as my office door swung open.

"Of course she does." said a tall blond man walking into the room.

"James! You're late!" Bella scolded him.

"Damn babe! Just be glad I'm here." he said plopping down on the couch beside her. The air left the cushion in a loud whoosh.

Bella rolled her eyes and shook her head. "Dr. Cullen, I'm sorry." she said seeming embarrassed.

"What did you do now?" James asked looking at her like he was disgusted with her. It was an odd feeling, but I felt like I wanted to slap the smirk right off his face.

"I'm apologizing for you dumb ass." Bella bit back at him, causing me to have my own smirk.

"What are you apologizing for me for? What did I do?" his voice raising.

"For one thing you're late!" Bella spat at him, "And don't raise your voice to me, James!"

"Don't tell me what to do, Bella." he growled at her.

I had the sudden urge to protect her. "Okay you two, let's settle down and get down to the reason you're both here. Although by this point I think it's fairly obvious."

"What the hell is that supposed to mean?" James asked squinting his eyes and glaring at me.

"Well, the two of you obviously have a lot of issues to work on. That's what we're here for." I stated looking at the both of them.

Bella looked down at her lap wringing her hands in it. I'd never wanted to try and comfort a patient as much as I did her. It was unnerving.

I cleared my throat and continued. "So James, Bella tells me that you haven't spoken to each other since yesterday morning. Why is that?"

He shrugged. "I'm a busy man. I'm the only one in the house who actually works."

Bella took a deep breath in through her nose and glared at him. "Lay off James. Me not working was your idea not mine!"

He shrugged. "Well, I think it's time you gave up on writing that damned book and got a real job."

Bella's mouth dropped open and then she closed it with an audible snap. She took another deep breath and looked at me. "Dr. Cullen, I offered to go to work for James in his club so he wouldn't have to pay a waitress. I thought it would save us money. But he doesn't want me working there."

James snorted at her. "Because your clumsy ass would cost me money, woman! It wouldn't save me a dime."

Bella winced, and I could see tears forming in her eyes as her bottom lip trembled.

"Well, Bella have you tried getting a job outside of the home?" I asked.

She took a shaky breath. "No, I haven't." she said in almost a whispered voice.

Before I could even ask anything else the sound of a cell phone vibrating filled the room. James groaned and pulled his phone out of his pocket. He got a cocky grin on his face as he looked at the caller id.

"Who is it James? You should turn that off! This is more important." Bella said in a hushed voice.

"Shut up Bella." he growled at her.

It truly angered me he was so disrespectful to her.

He flipped his phone open grinning, "Hey babe. Yeah I'm on my way down. K', later." he snapped the phone shut standing up.

"Where do you think you're going?" Bella demanded.

"I'm outta here. This shit is stupid. Your never gonna change Bella." he headed towards the door.

"That was Victoria wasn't it?" Bella asked with a quiet voice.

"Yeah it was. I'm giving her a ride to work." he grinned at her. "See ya later Bella." he turned to me, "Doc." he gave me a short nod before heading out the door.

Bella broke down sobbing as James slammed the door shut. I was at a loss. I didn't know what to say, or do. I just wanted to take her into my arms and console her. I'd never had this type of reaction to a patient before.

"I'm so sorry Dr Cullen. I'm so sorry we wasted your time. I'll just go now." She was trembling as she tried to stand up only to stumble again, falling back onto the couch, bringing on a fresh round of sobs.

"Bella, you don't have to go just yet." I said moving over to sit beside her on the couch. "Can I get you anything?" I asked putting a hand on her shoulder.

"Thank you Dr. Cullen, but I'll be okay." she whispered.

God, why was it just the way she said Dr. Cullen made my body tingle?

"Are you sure Bella? Is there anything I can do for you?"

"No thank you. I really should be going. I've already taken up enough of your time."

"Okay, but I want you to make an appointment to come back and see me again next week, all right? And I want to write you a prescription for some nerve medication." I got up and went over to my desk quickly writing out the order.

"Here you go Bella. Are you sure you're okay to drive?"

She stood up and gave me a sad smile. "I'm sure. Thank you doctor."

She lifted her arms around my neck and quickly embraced me, giving me a little squeeze. I wrapped my arms around her, giving her a light squeeze in return. I never wanted to let go of her. I couldn't get over the effect this woman was having on me.

I stood in the doorway and watched her make her appointment for the following week with Jessica. She turned and gave me a smile and a wave before she walked out the door. I went back into my office shutting the door behind me and flopped down on my couch. What the hell was I going to do? I'd never been attracted to a patient before. Yet, all I could think about was when would I have the opportunity to throw her onto my desk and ravish the daylights out of her. I could show her how a real man treats a lady.

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