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AN: Sorry about the cliffie from last chapter. Let's see who came in, shall we. Special thanks to my beta toocute24. Sally, you're the best!
I whipped my head around and saw Edward still standing in my door.
"Did you forget something?"
Edward nodded and stalked toward me. Before I knew what was happening his lips were pressed to mine and I had tingles running up the base of my spine. He gently nibbled along my lower lip as I sucked at his top. When I felt his tongue run along my lip, I opened my mouth and allowed his tongue to dance with mine.
When oxygen became an issue, he pulled away but leaned his forehead against my own. "I couldn't leave without doing that," Edward whispered breathlessly.
Instead of responding, I grabbed the back of his neck and pulled his lips back to me, kissing him again.
We broke apart when a throat cleared behind us. Edward turned but never let go of my waist.
"Umm…sorry to interrupt, but uh…if we don't leave soon, you'll miss your flight." Emmett ran his hand around his neck.
"Okay, Emmett, I'm coming," Edward said quietly. When Emmett nodded and turned to go back outside, Edward turned back to me. "I have to go. I'll call you when I get back, though, okay?"
"Okay. Have a safe flight." I looked in his eyes and saw that they mirrored mine - extremely turned on and full of emotions I wasn't ready to decipher.
Edward leaned down and kissed me one last time, then turned and walked out the door.
I woke to the shrill ringing of my phone. I rolled over, still half a sleep, and mumbled a hello.
I sat up at the sound of my boss's voice. "Carmen?"
"Oh, Lord, Bella. I need you to come to New York. There is a problem with Mr. DeRaven."
"Laurent? Carmen what's going on?"
I listened while Carmen explained that Laurent wasn't getting along with the new editor for his current book. He was demanding that I fly to New York and help him get his book back.
Laurent was a diva, but he was an excellent writer. He was a five time bestselling author that I had worked with before and if he was requesting me, he must be pissed.
"Okay, Carmen. Make the necessary arrangements and I will fly out tomorrow. And please tell Ren that I am on my way."
"Thank you so much, Bella. I'll get you your suite at the Plaza and take care of calling Ren."
When we disconnected the call, I got out of bed and headed for the shower so that I could get ready for the day and start packing.
After I was out and dressed in a pair of jeans and a sweater, I pulled my suitcase and garment bag out of my closet. While I went through my clothes to find what I would need for a potential month in New York, I called Emmett.
"Hey, Em. Call me when you get this. I need a ride to the airport in the morning, and it would mean missing your first few classes. Just call me, okay? Love you!"
I continued packing my clothes and was folding the last pair of jeans when my phone rang.
"Morning, gorgeous!" Rose's voice greeted me.
"Morning, beautiful!" I smiled.
"What are you doing?"
I chuckled. "I am currently packing."
"Where are you going?"
I sat down and talked to Rose, telling her about my unexpected trip to New York. "So I'm not sure how long I'll be gone, but I am preparing for an extended stay just in case."
"Wow! Are you gonna call Alice and Edward and tell them that you'll be there?"
I hadn't thought about that. While I knew that Edward and Alice were based there, I hadn't really thought about whether I would see them, or him, while I was in town.
"I don't know, Rose. I hadn't really thought about it."
"Bella, are you afraid to see Edward again?"
"No! I mean…why would you think that?" I stuttered.
"Come on, Bella. You guys shared an intense kiss. You talked to me about it for at least a week afterward."
I could feel the heat rising in my cheeks and knew that I was blushing. I hadn't spoken to Edward in the two weeks since we shared our kiss. I wasn't sure what to say because I had enjoyed it more than I thought I should - especially for a woman who had just buried her fiancé.
"I know, Bella. Just call him."
"I will. Listen, I gotta go. Talk to you soon?"
"Yep. Call me when you get to the city that never sleeps. Love you."
"Love you, too." I hung up my phone and bit my lip as I zipped up my bags. Once I had everything sitting by my front door, I went to the living room and sat on the couch to think.
I couldn't help but stare at the place where Edward and I stood when his lips met mine. Unconsciously, I brought my hand up to my mouth and could almost feel his warmth against me, his breath on my face and his lips pressed to mine.
The ringing of the phone brought me from my reverie. I picked it up and answered without checking to see who it was first.
"Hello?" I felt goose bumps form at the melodious voice that filled my ear.
"She lives. I was beginning to wonder."
"What's going on, Bella? I haven't heard from you for two weeks. Are you avoiding me?"
I let out a breath I didn't know I was holding. "Why would you…I'm sorry, Edward. I didn't mean to avoid you, I just…"
"You didn't know what to say. I get that, Bella, I do, but do you regret it?"
He thought that I didn't want him, and that made my heart hurt. "No, Edward, I don't regret it at all." I heard his sigh of relief and smiled. "Listen, I have to go, but I'll call you when I get in tomorrow."
"Oh, sorry. Um, yeah, I'm flying into JFK tomorrow. I need to be there for work, so…"
"You're coming here? Were you gonna tell me?"
"Yeah, I was actually getting ready to call you but you beat me to it. Edward, I uh…I want to see you while I'm there."
"How long will you be here?" Edward asked, his excitement evident in his voice.
"A month at least, I'm not sure," I giggled. He was making me feel giddy.
"Okay, well, call me when you get checked in to your hotel. I may not answer because I have to work, but I'll get back to you as soon as I can. And, Bella?"
"I can't wait to see you."
"Me either. I'll talk to you tomorrow."
I disconnected the call and lay back on the couch. Suddenly I was more excited to see Edward than I was about anything else, and I had no idea what to make of it.
AN: Well, she's heading to the Big Apple. I wonder what will happen. Leave me your thoughts. Until next time.