A/N: Hi everyone. I know it's been quite a while, but April has really been a bad month full of doctor's visits, tests, and a diagnosis I wasn't entirely prepared for. Nothing life threatening, but definitely life altering, and it has affected my concentration enormously. So I truly apologize for that. Now that I've kinda come to terms with everything for the most part, I'm hoping I can get back on track. Thank you for your patience, and hope you enjoy. Take care.
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Prompt: Plot Generator—Phrase Catch: Moving on to greener pastures.
When Bella left for lunch with her father that afternoon, Edward had planned to take Bilbo out to the park for some exercise after being cooped up all week, and to clear his mind. The argument with Bella that morning was still bothering him, and only served to make him more positive than ever that he had been right. The wedding was only a couple of weeks away and trying to get moved into the new house before then was proving to be a huge task. Each morning began with a quick shower before heading over to his old house to grab another load or two while Bella was handling the wedding details with his mother and cousin. Then once she got home, they spent the rest of the day unpacking and organizing. They both needed a break from it all, no matter the expense, but for now, he would settle for a few hours.
As he was moving toward the door, his phone rang and he glanced down to see Kate's name on the id. "Hello?"
"Hi, Edward. Have I interrupted something?" she asked curiously with a nervous tone.
"No, I was just putting on my coat to head out. What's up?" he answered, fighting to hook the leash to Bilbo's collar as he bounced and spun in excitement.
"Oh, so you're busy?" Kate inquired in obvious disappointment. "That's okay. We can talk later."
"Kate, I'm not that busy. I'm just taking the dog out to the park. I can talk," Edward replied, locking up the house. "What's on your mind?"
A heavy sigh escaped her and she paused for a few seconds before she continued. "I was wondering if there was any chance that I could see you today. I know things have still been kind of strained between us lately, but I could really use your advice on something. And I'd really like to see you as well."
"Okay, um," Edward said hesitantly. He and Kate were still making very slow progress toward rebuilding their friendship, as he was still having difficulty trusting her again, but he could admit that she was at least trying. It was an awkward situation for them both, but she sounded genuinely bothered by something. "I'll be at the park in a few minutes if you want to meet me in the parking lot."
"Yes. Thank you. See you soon," Kate answered with a breath of relief and ended the call.
Edward's brow rose at the abruptness of her response and the dead air from his phone before even saying bye. He loaded the dog into the car and began the drive, anxiousness filling him as he ran over in his mind anything she would need to talk about in person that couldn't be done over the phone. With Kate, the possibilities were endless and he was no more certain as he arrived than when he left. He stood beside his car waiting with the overexcited puppy circling his legs and occasionally trotting on his foot when he spotted Kate pulling up.
She offered him a small smile and her eyes lowered to the dog, who was now hiding behind Edward's calves. "He's so cute. How are you?"
"He's just a little nervous around strangers," Edward replied and began walking toward the grass. "You should know by now that you don't need to skirt around me with small talk, though, Kate. Once again, you got me where you want me, so what's going on?"
"Sorry." Kate took a deep breath and folded her arms over her chest protectively. "Well, I've told you that I've been putting applications in to several publications and I got a call back three days ago."
"Okay, that should be a good thing, shouldn't it?" Edward asked in confusion at her hesitant tone.
"Yeah, but it's in Atlanta," Kate replied, lifting her dampened eyes to him and forcing a smile. "I mean, the job is a huge opportunity, the benefits are amazing, and it would be a great start to something new."
"So again, I'm left to wonder, what's the problem?" he inquired, shoving his free hand into his pocket. "I don't see a downside to this."
Kate winced slightly at his comment and Edward looked over at her. She seemed genuinely upset by his careless tone, but he really couldn't understand what she could expect so soon. She drew in a deep breath and tugged her coat tightly around herself before continuing. "At the same time, by leaving, I feel like I'm giving up on everything here. I know there's no hope with my family. They are just too set in their ways and there's nothing I can do about it. But Irina has only just started speaking to me again, and you and I are slowly working on things with us. Is this really the best time to be thinking about relocating thousands of miles away?"
Edward walked over to a bench and lowered himself down onto it, with Bilbo sitting between his ankles while he waited for Kate to join him. "I don't know what you want me to say, Kate. You planned to do this anyway, at some point."
"But things were different then. Our friendship was firmly intact, Irina would have been coming with me. I didn't have anything to mend, you know? That's not the case anymore," Kate answered and shook her head. "Can I do that from Atlanta? If I say yes and go, will I be jeopardizing everything else back here?"
"I don't know. I can't speak for Irina, only she can answer that question for herself. As for you and me, I don't see how distance is really going to hinder anything. Just because you won't physically be in front of me, doesn't mean I can't communicate with you. But this is one of those times where you need to factor in what's best for you, and not only the people around you," Edward replied sincerely, wrapping the corded fabric of the leash around his fingers as he spoke. "I'm not sure what you want me to say."
Kate shrugged and lowered her eyes, fidgeting with her fingers. "It's just such a huge decision to make, and I really don't know which one is right. And I've always turned to you for advice. What would you do?"
"Well, my situation is a bit different right now, with getting married and all," Edward replied calmly and drew in a deep breath. "But I would weigh all my options carefully, the pros and cons either way, and discuss what's best with everyone involved. Have you talked with Irina about this?"
"No, not yet," she answered, shaking her head. "I don't know where she and I stand or if there is even any possibility of a future there. I love her and I want to believe there is, but what if there isn't? Will I regret not taking this opportunity if I turn it down?"
"The only way to figure any of this out is to talk to her, Kate. So that's my advice to you. Talk to Irina, consider all your options, and figure it out from there. But in the end, it's your decision to make," Edward said gently and looked down to Bilbo, who was pawing impatiently at his pant leg. "I should probably get going and take this guy for his walk before I need to head home."
"Okay. Well, thank you for this, Edward. I really appreciate it," Kate replied with a smile and stood along with him.
"Are you going to thank me every time I speak to you?" Edward asked with a raised brow.
"Yeah, most likely. For quite some time, at least," Kate responded with a nod and a chuckle. "Until I cease to be grateful for it, so I might never stop."
Edward laughed in response and leaned in to kiss her cheek. "See you later, Kate. And good luck."