Disclaimer: All characters are the express right of Stephenie Meyer. No copyright infringement intended.
Summary: Three women develop a close bond despite having never met face to face. When tragedy strikes one of them, they band together to help her heal. A story about friendship, loss, and love.
AN: Told mostly in BPOV, but will have some R and A thrown in. Enjoy!
BSwan: I have no idea; he said that he has a business dinner this evening. Something about an important client.
RHale: Then I'm sure that's where he is. Try not to think what I know you're thinking.
ACullen: Yeah, calm down, B. I'm sure Rose is right.
BSwan: Ok…thanks guys. I don't know what I would do without you! 3
I logged off my computer twenty minutes later and went to clean up the dinner that I had made for my fiancé and me. He had stood me up once again. I wanted to believe that he was where he said he was, but he was making it really hard.
After everything was cleaned up, I turned out the lights and then settled on the couch to watch a movie. I must have fallen asleep, because I woke when I felt my body lifted from the cushions.
"Yeah, Baby. Go back to sleep. I'm home."
I smiled, sighed and snuggled back into his embrace.
"Mmm, love you." I felt his lips on my forehead before I completely succumbed to the darkness of sleep.
RHale: Good morning, beautiful!
BSwan: Morning gorgeous!
I smiled as I read our normal morning greeting. Keeping our chat open, I set about checking my email and then getting into the program that I needed to start my editing. I was very blessed to be working for a publishing house that allowed me to work from home.
I had just gotten all of my screens set up when a steaming mug of coffee was placed beside me. I looked up and smiled at Garrett. "Thanks, Babe."
"No problem. I'll see you this evening. I don't have anything scheduled, so why don't we go to dinner and a movie?"
I looked up at him, shock apparent on my face. "Really?"
"Jesus, Bella, you act like we never do anything together." Garrett's voice was laced with irritation.
"Garrett, we haven't gone anywhere together in over a month. You've canceled on me every time we have plans."
"Yes, but I would love to go out this evening. Just call me when you're on your way."
"I'm sorry, Baby. This merger is killing me. I promise that tonight, I am all yours." Garrett leaned down and pressed his lips to mine. "I love you!" he called as he walked out the door.
"I love you, too!" I shouted after him.
I looked up at my screen and saw that Rose had messaged me. I still couldn't believe that I had found friends like her and Alice. We had never met face to face, and yet the three of us shared a bond that some might find hard to understand. We had only been as close as we are for a few months, but it felt much longer than that since we were alike in so many ways.
RHale: What are you doing? Getting ready to work?
BSwan: Sorry, Garrett was leaving. Yeah, I'm getting started.
RHale: Don't worry about it. Get to work, I'm gonna take a shower and get some laundry done. My only day off, you know?
BSwan: Okay, I'll be here.
I always kept my browser open while I did other things. Every once in a while, one of us would message the other and Alice would pop in. She worked in an actual shop, though, so we had to wait until she was done most evenings.
I had really gotten in the groove of the manuscript I was working on when my cell buzzed with a text.
I have been messaging you! Where are you? ~R
I laughed and then texted her back.
Sorry, working! Everything okay? ~B
Yes, just making sure you were still breathing. LOL. ~R
LOL. I am! ~B
I put my phone down and got back to work. I turned the volume up on my computer so that I could hear the ping when Rose messaged me. It wasn't long before I heard it.
RHale: Lauren emailed me again!
BSwan: *groan* What did she want this time?
We talked and laughed a little more about Lauren and what all was going on until I looked at the time and panicked.
BSwan: I have to go. Garrett gets off soon and he promised me a night out.
RHale: Ooh, okay. Talk to later. Have fun! Love you! 3
BSwan: I will. Love you, too! 3
I shut down all my programs and sprinted down the hall and straight to the shower. I washed, shaved, and buffed my body smooth. I had just put the finishing touches on my make-up and slipped into my dress when I heard the doorbell.
"Garrett! You live here; you don't have to ring the bell!" I yelled as I made my way to the front door. I swung it open and wasn't met by my smiling fiancé. Instead, a tall man in a blue uniform greeted me.
AN: So I know that I promised nothing until January, but this one hit me and I can't sit on it. I have no planned update schedule, so you'll just have to bear with me through the holidays. Thanks for giving this a chance. Special thanks to my beta, toocute24. Sally thanks for taking this journey with me again!