Darlings! How is everyone? Hope everyone is well and in great spirits, and if you're not: MWAH. I love you.

Soooo I'm uber stoked at the moment, The Arrangement was nominated in the Non-Canon Fanfiction Awards! *squee* Can you believe that? I know I can't. I totally freaked out and even shed a tear (yes, I'm quite emotional that way) :p lol So to whoever nominated the story, THANK YOU SOOOOOOO MUCH, from the tip of my toenails to the last strand of hair on the top of my head. :D

Also, Alex Meraz aka Paul Lahote was on Single Ladies this week...and all I have to say is...WHEW! :D

Does anyone watch Teen Wolf? Was anyone completely devastated during the last two episodes? *sigh*

WARNINGS: Sexual situations; Edward's musings about his and James' kiss (for those who can't handle m/m situations); foul language.

Disclaimer: The characters belong to SM, the story and plot are mine. Mine I tell ya...mineeeeeeee *cackles*

Chapter 54


When I woke the next morning, I couldn't stop the smile that spread across my face even before my eyes opened.

Emmett and I made love last night.

I giggled like some pubescent girl and then slapped my hand over my mouth, not wanting to wake the man still asleep next to me. His arm was laying across my stomach, in a very protective manner and his breaths were coming evenly. I tried to shift my body without disturbing him too much, so I could regard his slumbering form.


He was absolutely breathtaking. His eyelashes, which were indecently long, brushed against his cheeks, his mouth slackened in slumber; he looked unbelievably youthful. My fingers were itching to smooth away a stray curl that had found its way onto his forehead.

I was about to give in to this desire when his voice, all husky, sleep-filled and oozing sex jumped the ever loving shit out of me.

"Didn't your mama ever tell you it's rude to stare?"

I squeaked and smacked his chest with my palm, "You sneaky little bastard!"

He chuckled and those cerulean orbs of his opened and he grinned at me, "G'morning."

He took my hand and raised it to his lips and pressed a kiss against each of my fingers.

"Morning," I breathed, feeling my face heating under his stare, the feeling of his lips on my skin, reminding me of last night.

"What are you thinking?" he asked coming closer to nuzzle my neck.

A moan escaped my mouth before I could stop it, and his eyes came up to find mine with a smirk.

Bastard knew exactly what he was doing to me.

His brows rose and that smirk broadened into a wicked grin, I could already feel my body's reaction to him between my legs.

"Emmett?" I murmured breathlessly.

He had resumed nuzzling my neck, and I could feel his tongue joining the party, "Hmm?"

"I've gotta meet my parents for breakfast," I said tilting my head back, giving him easier access to the column where my neck meets my shoulder.

"I know," came his low reply, muted by my flesh.

"Then we can't..." I broke off as his teeth nipped the flesh beneath my ear, his tongue flicking out immediately after to soothe the small frisson of pain.

Oh to hell with it. My parents could wait.

I gave myself over to the sensations that I had long ago buried, which had lain dormant for too long. My entire was being engulfed by the heat coming off of Emmett's brawny body. Lips, teeth, tongues all blended to create the pandemonium going on in my body, and their owner was the eye of the storm.

After a few more moments of oral torture, Emmett raised his head and grinned down at me, looking all boyish and devil-may-care, even though the lust that was burning deep within was a complete contrast to said grin. It was wild and feral, and I was sure the same look was reflected back to him from my own eyes.

"We can't?" he asked, his voice deep and smooth like aged whiskey.

"Just kiss me," I said with a growl, pulling his head down to mine. All thoughts of my parents long gone; the only thing now that mattered was Emmett, and all the delicious things he would be doing to my body. And delicious things indeed.

Yup, definitely worth my mother's wrath.


Waking up feeling the warmth of Bella's body against mine was a new thrill, and one I could surely get used to. I could feel her gaze burning into me as I lay there pretending to be asleep and I wanted nothing more than to grab her and make her mine again and again until there was no doubt in either of our minds.

I couldn't believe that we'd gotten to where we were after our less than stellar meeting a few months ago. Now we were embarking into these something that I had never really ventured into; a relationship.

Getting rid of the usual morning pleasantries, I now found myself being cocooned in her heady desire, and that mixing with my own, was definitely some strong shit. Bella was clawing at my back as I thrust slowly inside her her welcoming heat, her right leg hooked around my waist and her heel dug into the back of my thigh. As I continued my rhythmic movements, I watched as her face contorted with unbridled bliss.

I was still super cautious about hurting the baby, but Bella was having none of that as she pulled me flush against her, her teeth finding purchase in my shoulder as she quivered beneath me. She rode out her orgasm, eyes opening to slam into mine, tears leaking at the side of them as her mouth opened in a silent scream.

I did that.

A burst of male pride spread inside me. I wanted to throw my head back and crow. I eased out of her, despite her mewling protests and shifted our positions; she was now in front of me on her knees, her fingers clawing the bed as I kissed her back, the blunt tip of my erection rubbing against her sensitive folds.

"For fuck's sake," she panted. "Emmett..." she finished on an almost wail.

I teased her mercilessly, rocking my hips back and forth, sliding in a notch only to pull out just as quickly.

She ranted and raved, thrashing her head from side to side all the while begging me to stop teasing her.

"What do you want baby?" I said, lips against her ear, my teeth nipping the shell softly.

"You," she hissed thrusting her ass against me, causing a groan of my own to slither out.

I held her securely against my chest, my fingertips brushing against her nipples, "Where do you want me?"

She let out a cry somewhere between a sob and a strangled scream, "Inside of me!"

I chuckled, moving her hair aside to bite her neck and at the same time guiding my aching cock into her wetness. Both of us groaned at the contact, and I kissed her shoulder as I started rocking inside her at a maddeningly slow pace. Not that I could keep up that pace for too long, it would kill both of us.

The end result was like a monsoon, sweeping us both away in a wave of passion. I came with a loud shout and Bella's keening scream stroked my ego like a soothing balm. I lowered our bodies to the bed and brought her flush against me, the perspiration on both of us cooling.

"Now that's what I call a good morning," she said huskily.

I laughed and brought her lips to mine in a sweet kiss, "Imagine, you had to meet your parents a half hour ago."

"I'll blame you," she said grinning cheekily, grabbing the sheet and wrapping it around her body and heading to the bathroom.

"They'll never believe you," I called after her.

Her laugh washed over me and I reached over and grabbed my phone and sent a text to James. Hearing the shower come on, I got up and went to her room and got a shower myself. By the time we were dressed, her mother had called twice, Bella said that we were busy screwing like rabbits and I wondered if anyone in the woman's vicinity still had their hearing.

"Jeezus mom," Bella said frowning at my smiling face. "We'll see you soon."

"It's not funny," she said snapping at me.

I made great show of wiping the grin off my face but she still flipped me off before grabbing her bag and stomping out the door. She was too damned adorable when she was pretending to be angry.

"You're the one who told her," I said opening the car door.

She sent me a glare, that I'm sure if I were a lesser man I'd be dust.

"Just drive," she said between clenched teeth. "I'm hungry."

"You're beautiful," I blurted out.

Her doe eyes flashed over to me and she instantly melted, her features softening as a her lips curved upwards in a soft smile.

"Thank you."

Such progress we had made.

I leaned over and brushed my lips over hers before starting the engine and driving off. There was a weird feeling in the pit of my stomach, no, not anything bad. I spared a glance at Bella's smiling face as the wind ruffled her hair, and it hit me.

The weird feeling I was having, was happiness.

I was stunned momentarily at the truth in this revelation.

I was happy.


I was sitting at the table of a small cafe just across from the hotel the Swans were staying at, listening to Renee prattle on about something or the other. To be honest, my mind was not completely there. I had gone to bed last night giddy with merriment at the going-ons that transpired between Bella and her mother.

Somewhere during the night, my mind obviously decided that James should become the star of my dreams; dreams that held no importance whatsoever, it was merely the fact that he was in them at all.

That kiss we shared was on repeat in my mind. The feel of his lips, the taste of his tongue, the softness.

I bit my tongue and closed my eyes to get myself under control again. I could hear Renee on the phone talking to Bella; she hung up and said something to her husband who gave a non-committal reply. I was taking deep steadying breaths, hell knows I should've taken a few more, because when I opened my eyes, there he was.


Where the hell had he come from?

Was I conjuring the man out of my imagination?

Magic was never counted out right?

Really Edward.

I shook my head and blinked slowly, thinking maybe it was just a hallucination.

Raising my eyes up again, nope, it wasn't a hallucination.

James was really there.

"Good morning, Mr and Mrs. Swan," he said, his voice smooth and almost crooning.

Renee and Charlie smiled and replied in a like manner.

"I'm James Witherdale, Emmett's best friend," he said shaking Charlie's hand and giving Renee's hand a kiss before sitting.

Um..so what about me?

What was I? Chopped liver.

Blech. I hate liver.

I refused to say anything to him. He came and found me, I shouldn't have to be the one to break the ice. I wasn't that one that showed up at his door and kissed the bejeezus out of him.

I was the victim really.

I snorted inwardly, and they called me dysfunctional.

I was so caught up in my musings that I almost missed his soft intonation towards me.

"Good morning Edward," his voice floated to my ears, startling me slightly.

I blinked and brought him into my focal view, his head was lowered slightly, and those eyes that haunted me all night, were gazing at me somewhat shyly.

Well hello.

"Good morning James," I said after clearing my throat. "I didn't know you were going to be joining us."

He shrugged, "I didn't know either."

And that was all he said before turning back to form a mindless conversation with Bella's parents.

If I hadn't been an observant person, I might've been pissed off,

Good thing I was, huh?

I saw every twitch his body made at my slightest movement, I listened as his breath hitched when I purposely shifted my leg and let it rub against his. I caught the little glances he gave me from my peripheral. A small smile tugged at my lips, but I tried to remain stoic and let my face relax, giving nothing away.

Bella and Emmett arrived soon and suddenly things got lively. Laughter flowed amongst us like water; I did my duty as best friend and all the while had a hell of a time trying to figure James out. One time I didn't lower my gaze as he sneaked a look at me, I winked at him, my lips curving upwards as his eyes widened and he hastily looked down.

He was fucking adorable.

There was something about him that got under my epidermis; and I wanted to know him.

And not just in the Biblical sense, no, I wanted to know the man behind it all. I wanted to be his friend.

I think that shocked me most of all.

Friends, was something I never did with any of my conquests, potential or otherwise.

"Edward!" Bella squawked. "Pay attention."

I rolled my eyes and looked at her to see her gaze at James and then back at me pointedly before giving me a wicked grin and a sly wink. You know those moments where you throw your face into your palm?

Yeah, this was definitely one of them.

A/N: Things seem to be going so good. That storm some of you have been mentioning, well it's coming. Until next time, same Pixie channel. *kisses*

Ok, it's 3:07 in the morning and my butt has to be at work for nine,so I don't have that much else to say, except hope you enjoy this chapter. Night lovelies. ~ Riney

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