Thank you Isabelle again for all your work and dealing with my irritating self.
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The next morning I fell out of bed ready to clean the mess from last night only to find it had already been cleaned. Both my living room and kitchen where spotless and I hated to mess them up but I had too. I made some coffee and fixed Edward and I both a cup and headed to his house. I knocked on his door and leaned against the side of the house waiting for him to answer the door. Not even a minute later he answered the door.
"Hey, I bought coffee as a thank you. You really didn't need to clean up." I said handing him the coffee. He smiled and gently pressed his lips to mine.
"Good morning to you too beautiful and I didn't want to leave a mess." He said.
"Well thank you." I said gently kissing his jaw.
"What are you doing today?"
"Not much just hanging around the house."
"Will you come with me to my parents for a barbeque?"
"Yeah, my mom wants to meet you."
"You've told your mother about me?"
"Alice mentioned you and then she questioned me and I said you were my girlfriend."
"Okay, what time are we leaving?"
"In an hour?"
"I can do that. I'm going to go get ready I'll see you in a bit." I said leaning over to kiss him before bouncing off to my house. I jogged up the stairs and jumped into the shower; I had the quickest shower ever and pulled on some creamy underwear before drying my hair. Once I had it in soft waves I started on my makeup, a light layer of tinted moisturizer and some mascara was enough and I ran for the closet.
"Shit." I didn't know how I needed to dress. I quickly grabbed my robe of the back of the door and ran down the stairs to see if Edward was still on his porch.
"What am I supposed to wear?"
"Umm a dress maybe?"
"Okay is it a formal thing or…?"
"No not at all. It's just lunch in the back yard." he said walking over to where I was stood.
"That helps." I quickly tipped onto my toes and pressed my lips to his. "Give me fifteen minutes." I said before running back inside.
I went back upstairs and into my closet and pulled out a long green maxi dress which had flowers dotted all over the place. I pulled it on and zipped it up before doing up the thin gold belt. I slipped on some black sandals and threw all my stuff in my black bag. I grabbed my ray bans and slipped them on before going downstairs. Edward was waiting outside when I came out and locked up.
"You look gorgeous." He said kissing my bare shoulder.
"Thank you. Shall we get going?"
"Yes lets." He replied leading me to his car. We set off and half an hour later pulled into his parents' house.
"Come on. My mother is anxious to meet you." he said as he pulled me from the car. His hand wrapped around mine and pulled me up to the house. The door flew open as we approached and an attractive older woman appeared.
"Edward. It's good to see you." she said hugging him. His free hand went around her while the other still held onto mine.
"Mom this is Bella." he said pulling me in front of him.
"Hey, Mrs. Cullen, it's so nice to meet you. Thank you for inviting me." I said softly.
"Please call me Esme. And you're more than welcome. Come in. The others haven't arrived yet." She said leading us inside.
"Don't tell me you're actually shy?" Edward whispered.
"Shut up I'm nervous. Meeting your parents is a big thing." I hissed back. He laughed and pressed his lips to my forehead. We went inside where I was introduced to his very attractive father.
"It's nice to meet you Bella." His father said leaning in to kiss my cheek.
"You too, Dr. Cullen."
"Please call me Carlisle." He said with a smile. I heard the front door open and Alice's tinkling voice.
"Bella! He bought you." she said excitedly wrapping her arms around me.
"Hi Alice." I said.
"I love your dress!" she giggled. I'm sure she did. She made me buy it.
"Thanks Alice." I said as Edwards arms came round my waist. I leant back against him as he rested his chin on my shoulder.
"How are you Edward?" a tall blonde man asked.
"I'm good Jazz. Jasper this is my girlfriend Bella. Bella this is Alice's husband Jasper."
"Nice to meet you Jasper." I said as he took my hand.
"You too Bella." He said with a southern twang.
"Come on lets go outside." Alice said. We followed her through the kitchen and into the backyard where Carlisle was setting up the grill and Esme was supervising.
"We can go in the pool!" Alice said excitedly.
"Uh I can't. I didn't bring anything to swim in." I said.
"You could always swim in nothing. I wouldn't mind." Edward whispered into my ear.
"Your mother might." I whispered back.
"I have a bathing suit for you." Alice said happily.
"Okay then." I said.
"We can wait for Rosalie and Emmett then go in." she said. "In the meantime do you want a drink?"
"Yeah can I just have a coke?"
"Sure. Edward go get her a coke." She said tugging me out of his arms and over to the table. "and I'll have a lemonade." She added over her shoulder. I turned and blew a kiss to Edward as he stood there looking dumbfounded. He went into the kitchen with Jasper and Alice and I sat at the table. Alice questioned me on how my relationship with her brother had gone from neighbors' to boyfriend and girlfriend so quickly. While we were talking Edward returned with my drink and held his hand out to me. He tugged me from my chair before sitting down and pulling me onto his lap. He had a beer in his hand and tucked me against his chest, my head under his chin. He played with my fingers while I chatted with his sister.
A little while later Emmett and Rosalie turned up.
"Hi it's nice to meet you." I said to the two of them once Edward had introduced us. I had tried to stand but Edward wouldn't let me so I ended up greeting them from his lap. Rosalie joined us while Emmett went to help his father at the grill.
"So, Rose Bella and I planned to go for a swim. You up for it?" Alice asked.
"Definitely." She said with a smile.
"Yay lets go change." Alice said. I went to get up but was stopped again.
"Babe you have to let me go." I said turning in his arms.
"Don't wanna." He said.
"I need to go change." I said. He sighed and nodded, kissing my neck before letting me go. I went upstairs with Alice and she handed me a cute blue bikini. I went into her bathroom and changed into the outfit and she handed me a towel when I came out. She was in a yellow two piece that matched her personality. Rosalie knocked on the door and came in in a bright red bikini.
"Yep." I replied.
"Okay let's go." She said. We all wrapped towels around ourselves and went back downstairs. The men were already in the pool messing around while Carlisle and Esme sorted out lunch. Esme brushed off my offers to help telling me to go have fun. We all went down to the pool and threw our towels onto sun loungers before getting in. Rosalie just dove straight in. Alice went down the steps while I sat on the side of the pool. I let my feet dangle in the water and Edward swam over to me. His hands grasped my ankles and he pretended he was going to pull me in. I giggled and flicked water at him.
"Coming in?" he asked as his hands worked their way up from my ankles to my hips. I nodded and he lifted me off the side and to his chest as he lowered us back into the water. His lips pressed against mine as he swum backwards. A huge splash of water covered us making us break apart. We looked over to see Emmett grinning boyishly at us.
"Well it looked like the two of you could do with a cold shower." He shrugged.
"Oh we will get you back Emmett. I promise." I vowed wrapping my arms around Edward's neck. We all swam around, messing about until we were called for lunch. He climbed out first and reached down to lift me out. We wrapped up in our towels and went to sit at the table with the others. Edward pulled me into his lap again, as there weren't enough seats, and teasingly danced his fingers up and down my leg while we ate. I'd reached my limit and grasped his hand in mine.
"Stop." I whispered. He chuckled in my ear but rested his hand on my leg and left it there. Once lunch was through with Rose and I helped Esme clean while Alice watched. Apparently she's too clumsy to help.
"I want my dishes cleaned not smashed." Esme had said. She watched from the breakfast bar with some lemonade. We cleaned quickly and then decided to go and change back into our clothes. I quickly put a light layer of make up on and tied my damp hair up before going downstairs. Esme stopped me as I went through the living room to talk.
"I wanted to let you know how happy I am you're with my son. I can see he is very happy with you and you're good for him. He's smiled more and been more playful today than I've seen in a long time and that's because of you." she said.
"He's good for me too and he makes me very happy." I told her. She smiled and patted my cheek before walking off to the backyard. I followed her out and rejoined Edward and his brother at the table. They were talking sports and Edward pulled me into his lap and played with my hair while he chatted with his brother. We all sat around outside chatting for a while longer before everyone began leaving. We made promises to meet soon and go on a night out when we could before Alice, Jasper, Rosalie and Emmett left.
"We should get going baby. I have work tomorrow." He said.
"Okay, let's say our goodbyes and we can go." I said kissing his cheek. We said bye to his parents and promised to come for dinner when our schedules allowed it.
"You okay to drive?" I asked.
"Yep I only had that one drink and that was hours ago." He said as he opened my door for me. We set off back home with our hands linked on the gear shift. It was nearing seven pm and the day was wearing on me a little.
"Tired?" Edward asked. I nodded and smiled sleepily at him. His thumb rubbed circles into my hand and lulled me to sleep. We got back to the house and Edward's soft kisses woke me up.
"Come on sleeping beauty, time to get moving," He said softly. I nodded and stretched a little as he opened my door. I fell out of the car and Edward walked me to my door.
"I'm working tomorrow from six to four but we can do dinner after?" he asked.
"Sure. Give me your phone." I said. He handed it to me and I quickly punched in my number before dialing, hanging up and handing it back.
"Text me if you'll be late otherwise I'll have dinner done by five." I said.
"Alright baby. I'll see you tomorrow." He said before gently kissing me.
"Night Edward." I whispered against his lips.
"Night." He replied before going back to his house. I went inside and locked up before going upstairs and going to bed. I flicked on my TV and decided to put a movie on and watch that till I fell asleep. I showered quickly and put on some jammies before crawling into bed. My phone beeped with a new message and I reached over to grab it.
Night baby. I miss you already. E
I do too. My bed feels empty. B
I wish I could come around. :( E
I do too. B
There wasn't another message after that but minutes later I heard the doorbell ring. I grumbled as I crawled out of bed and went down the stairs, throwing my hair up into a ponytail as I did. I pulled the door open and saw Edward standing there.
"I wanted another kiss." He said sheepishly.
"Oh really?" I asked. He grinned and nodded. "What if I don't?"
"Then I guess I'll have to go home." he sulked turning to leave. I giggled and grasped his wrist pulling him inside and closing the door. I pushed him up against it and pressed my lips to his. He smiled and kissed me back. My arms wound around his neck as our lips teased and tasted. His hands went to my hips and lifted me a little. I took the incentive and wrapped my legs around his waist and he took us into the living room. He dropped onto the sofa and I stayed perched in his lap while we made out like teenagers.
We pulled back eventually panting for breath. "You need to sleep." I said looking at the clock and seeing it's now nine. He had been here for an hour now.
"Alright alright, I'm going." He said pressing his lips to mine again. I pushed him away after a few minutes.
"Now I'm really going." He said. I nodded and climbed off his lap. I tugged him up and he wound his arms round my waist hugging me tightly.
We walked to the front door and after a few more kisses Edward and I walked onto the porch.
"Bye baby." He said, softly kissing me.
"Go." I giggled, pushing him away. "Before I drag you to my bed!" I laughed.
"I wouldn't protest." He said, stepping closed.
"Go!" I repeated, laughing loudly.
"Okay, I'm going." He huffed, kissing me once more before bouncing down the steps and back to his house. I blew him one last kiss before heading back inside. I headed up to bed and this time managed to get comfy and fall asleep quickly.
The next morning I woke to a knocking on my door and my phone vibrating. I grabbed my phone and jumped out of bed simultaneously. I was halfway down the stairs as I answered the phone.
"Hello?" I panted.
"Baby, I'm so sorry, I couldn't stop them." Edward said quickly as I reached the bottom of the stairs.
"Couldn't stop who?" I asked, confused as I opened the front door. He didn't need to answer because Alice danced into the house followed by Rosalie and Esme.
"Oh. I understand." I said to him. "Hi. What are you doing here? At eight am?" I asked.
"Well we were thinking we could go for breakfast and to do a little shopping." Alice said innocently.
"Umm okay, I guess so." I said uncertainly. "I'm going to go get dressed. Help yourself to anything in the kitchen." I said with a smile. They all headed that way while I went back upstairs. I got to my room before I remembered Edward was still on the line.
"Baby?" I said.
"I'm here. I'm sorry Bella. You can't talk Alice out of anything!" he huffed.
"It's okay. I'm a little shocked but I don't mind." I promised him.
"You have fun shopping and I'll see you when I get off." He said.
"I'll try." I said. "Now I need to shower and get dressed." I said. We said our goodbyes and five minutes later I was in the shower trying to keep my hair dry while washing up quickly. Once I was done I dried off and brushed my hair out, letting it fall around my shoulders in soft curls before pulling on some creamy underwear and a pair of skinny jeans and a silky cream vest with a darker cream cardigan. I pulled on some tan colored high heeled boots and a matching leather bag, filling it with my stuff before heading downstairs.
"Ready?" I asked, as I reached the bottom of the stairs.
"Yep, let's go." Alice said excitedly dancing past me. I locked up the house and followed them to Esme's SUV.
"So Bella." Esme said cutting Alice off as she went off on another tangent.
"How are things going between you and my son?" she asked, looking at me through the rearview mirror.
"They're going great. He's so lovely!" I gushed happily.
"I'm glad, now while we never turn down an opportunity to shop today is mostly about us getting to know you and you getting to know us, because I think you will be around for a long time to come." Esme said with a smile.
"Okay, that's fine." I said with a smile as she pulled into the car park, quickly finding a spot and parking up. We all climbed out and headed into the shops. Alice dragged us into the nearest clothing shop she could find and we were off.
"So Bella, what is it you do for a living?" Rosalie asked as we searched through the rails.
"I'm a kindergarten teacher." I replied.
"Oh interesting. I love kids but I don't know I could be with them all the time." She said with a smile.
"Are you and Emmett planning to have kids?" I asked.
"Yeah, eventually, I mean we have loads of time yet but yeah, we definitely want that." She said with a smile. "Do you want kids?"
"What with Edward or in general?" I asked.
"Either, both?" she replied.
"Umm, in general yeah. I do see myself having kids eventually and with Edward? I'm not sure. I've only known him a few days." I replied, lying.
"Oh come on, I knew Emmett was it for me within a few hours." She said, pulling out a black dress and holding it up in front of my body, looking me over critically.
"I guess I can see myself with Edward for a long time. We click and have the most amazing spark between us so yeah, I guess I can see myself having kids with him eventually."
"Oh goodness I'm glad." Esme said from behind me, making me blush head to toe. I hadn't known she was there.
"Oh don't be embarrassed dear, I can't think of anyone better than you for my son." Esme said, wrapping an arm around my shoulders reassuringly. "Now, let's round up my daughter and get some lunch." She said with a smile.
We found Alice and managed to drag her out of the shop and over to a nearby restaurant, before grabbing a table.
"So, as you and Rosalie know, Alice, it's your father and my 30th anniversary next year and we have decided to renew our vows." Esme told us once we had some drinks.
"Really?" Alice squealed excitedly.
"Yeah, we're going to plan it for the day of our anniversary. Obviously all of your help would be greatly appreciated." She said.
"Oh my god, I have so many ideas." Alice squealed excitedly before she went off. She spouted out dress styles, flowers, venues, caterers in between eating her lunch.
"You look confused." Esme said to me.
"Well I've never been married so the words Alice is using don't mean a lot to me." I laughed.
"Yeah but you must have thought about it." Alice said.
"No not really, I wasn't one of those girls." I shrugged, taking a sip of my Sprite through the straw.
"Really?" Alice asked, disbelievingly. "I thought everyone was like that."
"Alice I was more of a bookworm than a daydreamer." I said. "And remember at the age of sixteen I moved in with my single father. I guess I've never been that girly." I shrugged.
"Hmm, well this will get you in the mood. You can help me. It's not that hard!" Alice said excitedly.
"Okay Alice." I said as I felt my phone vibrate in my bag. I quickly pulled it out and opened up the message.
From: Edward Cullen
Hey baby, how's shopping going? Xx
I smiled before quickly tapping out a response.
To: Edward Cullen
Fine, we have stopped for lunch. How's your day going? Xx
"Is that Edward?" Esme asked.
"Yeah." I replied as my phone vibrated in my hand.
From Edward Cullen:
Boring without you, I'll be home just after four, when will you be home?
To Edward Cullen:
Soon I hope. I'll let you know when I know.
From Edward Cullen:
Okay baby, I'll see you soon.
To Edward Cullen:
Okay, miss you!
From Edward Cullen:
Miss you too!
I put my phone away as our meals were placed in front of us; we all dug in discussing possibilities for the vow renewal. Once we had eaten Esme quickly handed over her card and paid before we could argue and we headed back into the mall.
"Underwear time!" Alice said excitedly. I groaned but went along with it knowing I probably wouldn't win. She led us into Victoria's Secret and we started browsing around. I found a lot I liked and hoped Edward would too, even though I thought it was too soon for sex, however, I could prepare.
I got lots of different underwear and lingerie, feeling slightly weird that I was shopping for stuff to seduce Edward with his own mother but I got over it and quickly paid.
"I think we should go to the spa." Alice said as we wandered back towards the car.
"I'm up for that." Rosalie shrugged.
"I could do with a haircut." Esme added.
"You up for it Bella?" Alice asked.
"Sure, my hair needs cutting anyway." I said. She nodded and pulled her phone out as we all climbed into the car. Esme drove us along as Alice booked appointments on the phone.
"Okay Bella, I have Felix doing your hair. He is amazing." She said happily.
"Okay, that's fine." I shrugged. We pulled into the car park and all climbed out before heading inside.
"My Alice!" A high pitched man's voice called.
"Felix!" She squealed excitedly, hugging him tight.
"Where is my latest project?" He asked. Alice reached out and pulled me to her.
"This is Edward's girlfriend Bella!" She said happily.
"Nice to meet you beautiful Bella." Felix cooed, kissing the back of my hand.
"Nice to meet you too." I laughed. We all split up to where we were going. Alice and Rosalie went off for massages while Esme and I went to get our hair done. Apparently Demetri always does Esme's hair and he is Felix's partner. Together they run the salon part of the spa.
"Okay so beautiful, what are we doing with your hair today then?" Felix asked as he got me into the chair.
"Hmm I'm not too sure. I like it long so maybe just add in some layers?" I asked.
"Okay, do we want bangs?" he asked, running his fingers through it.
"No, I had them when I was younger and didn't like it." I said.
"Okay, are we coloring?" he asked.
"Maybe a few highlights?" I asked.
"Okay I think I have an idea." He said before describing it to me. I loved it and agreed immediately. Felix immediately got to work on mixing the color for my hair and ten minutes later he got started. We chatted aimlessly through the coloring part while I flicked through various magazines.
Twenty minutes later the color was on and setting and Esme and I were led into another room to meet Alice and Rosalie for pedicures.
"What color would you like?" the young girl asked.
"A bright red please." I told her with a smile. She nodded and set to work, scrubbing and massaging my feet.
"So what are you and my brother doing tonight?" Alice asked.
"Just having a night in together." I said with a smile.
"That sounds nice." She said with a smile. "Jazz and I have to go for dinner with his parents." She said sourly, pulling a face.
"You don't like his parents?" I asked.
"It's not I don't like them." she said quickly. "It's just his mom is always on us about having children and while that is what Jazz and I want we don't want it right now." Alice said. "That and his father is always trying to look down my top." She added making me laugh.
"Oh." I giggled as Felix came in the room.
"Come on beautiful Bella, time to wash the color out." He said. I nodded and followed him into the salon and we passed Demetri who I assumed was getting Esme. Felix led me over to the sinks and pulled out the foils before washing out the dye. He used some very expensive smelling products and massaged my scalp soothingly before wrapping my hair in a warm towel.
"So how much can I cut off?" he asked.
"Hmm, an inch or two?" I said.
"Okay, I'll take two off for now." He said. I nodded and he got to work, massaging in another product and then starting with the scissors. He chopped away, cutting in layers that were needed.
"Okay, now time to dry." He said, grabbing a round brush and the hair dryer. He dried using the brush to add a little curl before getting the curling iron and then using them to maximize the curls.
My hair now was still long and the color was still dark near the roots but much lighter near the ends the color getting lighter as it goes through. He had curled the ends and worked through some product which made my hair ridiculously shiny.
"I love it!" I squealed excitedly.
"Oh I'm so glad!" Felix said relieved. I giggled and stood up to hug him tightly.
"Thank you." I said kissing his cheek. Alice appeared with Rosalie and they, along with Esme, gushed over my hair. Felix bagged up all the products he had used and instructed me on how and when to use them. We paid and I left a huge tip for him before heading out to the car. It was now 4:30 and we all decided to head home. I shot off a text to Edward, letting him know that I was on my way home.
Half an hour later Esme pulled up outside my house and after quickly thanking them and saying goodbye I jumped out, just as Edward came out of his house.
"Hi baby, I love your hair." He said pulling me close and kissing my neck.
"Hi, thank you, help me with my bags?" I asked. He nodded and we both grabbed my stuff from the back of the car before waving the others off and heading inside.
"How was work?" I asked.
"Slow. We never picked up after I talked to you at lunch so I just checked on some patients and caught up on paperwork." he said, dropping the bags he had on the sofa and putting mine next to them before pulling me into him for a hug.
"At least you were kind of productive." I l said, wrapping my arms round his neck and playing with his hair.
"So I was thinking that instead of staying in and watching a movie why don't we go somewhere. I had a place in mind and wanted to take you."
"Really? And what is this place?" I asked.
"You'll find out in a little while. Go grab a jacket and come back down." He said.
"Hmm, okay." I replied suspiciously grabbing the bags and heading upstairs and into my room. I changed my top and put on a slightly heavier cream knitted sweater before heading back down to Edward.
"Come on, it's not far." He promised. I nodded and followed him as he led me into my backyard. When he moved to one side and let me see what he had done, I froze with a gasp.
"Oh Edward." I whispered, taking in the sight in front of me. He had somehow set up a projector and a screen under a tree in my yard, he had strung up lights in the branches and laid out massive cushions with pillows and blankets. My eyes filled with tears at the gesture.
"Hey, what's with the tears?" Edward asked.
"This is amazing and so thoughtful." I sniffed, burying my face in his chest. He ran his hand down the back of my hair and kissed the top of my head while I fought my emotions.
"Okay, what are we watching?" I asked, looking up at him.
"Romeo and Juliet." He said with a grin. "The one with Leonardo Dicaprio." He said with a wider grin. He knew that's my favorite movie and the one that makes me cry every time. I went up on my toes and pressed my lips to his firmly, trying to convey my gratitude.
"Right, let's get started shall we?" he said, tugging me over to the cushions, we settled in and he pulled out the pasta salads he had made for us from a picnic basket before grabbing a remote and starting the movie. For the first little while we sat next to each other and ate our pasta. Once we were done we moved into a more comfy position and I kicked of my shoes before curling up against Edward's chest as he laid out on the cushions. My hand was resting under his shirt on his stomach while his was resting on the waistband of my jeans, his thumb rubbing the skin exposed where my top had ridden up a little.
As predicted, I cried at the end of the movie and Edward managed not to laugh as he wiped them away, kissing my nose sweetly before turning off the film.
"Why don't you go inside and get yourself changed while I put away this stuff?" he said.
"I can help." I protested.
"No its fine, you go in." He said, pulling me up and pushing me toward the door. I did as he asked and went to change into some shorts and a vest and to wash off my makeup and tying my hair back. I saw Edward go round to his a few times before he came back in. We cuddled on the sofa and drank some tea before making out a little while, under the guise of a goodnight kiss.
"I should go." He said. "I have to be at work in the morning."
"Okay, what time will you be back?" I asked.
"About four, we can do dinner?" he suggested.
"Sounds great, I'll cook." I promised. He smiled and kissed me once more before I walked him to the door. We went out onto the porch and I happened to look over to his door and saw something strange.
"Edward, what is that on your porch?" I asked leaning into his chest.