AN: For Bee. She makes me happy.

Mauigirl60 is always making my words pretty. A giant thank you is sent to her for making me feel good about my stories.

Chapter 13 Dinner For Two.

Rosalie hadn't shown up for work. It wasn't an uncommon occurrence for her to be late, but she'd just never showed up at all. I'd left messages that morning to see if she was working, but to no avail. She wasn't picking up. It was now the end of the day and there had still been no word from her.

"This should give you ample reason to fire her ass," Alice stated, as she was doing a final wipe-down of the counter. Alice had been a life saver. None of the other employees could fill in for the absentee Rose, so she had come in to help.

"I wish we could go back to before everything got so messed up," I admitted. "That Rose and I could be friends again."

Alice rolled her eyes. "Oh, semi-sweet Bella, Rose was never a good friend to you in the first place. She was always pushing you around. Now that you've picked a dick before a clit, she'll be going full-throttle Hale crazy."

Everything Alice had said was true. It was just another nail in the coffin of what used to be my friendship with Rosalie.

"I know you're completely correct, Alice. As always." She grinned at me and gave me a thumbs up. "This is my business she's messing up. Of course, by saying that, I will feel really bad if she were in an accident."

"She's fine..." Alice started to say, when the phone rang. She grabbed the phone. "Hello, Queen of..."

Alice's face crinkled up unpleasantly as she listened.

"You aren't lying on the side of a ditch then?" Alice glared at the wall. "Don't bother coming in tomorrow, Hale."

I mouthed, "What?"

Alice just rolled her eyes and pointed to the phone. "I see. You're teaching her a lesson. What lesson is that?

I tried to grab the phone, but Alice dodged me. "The only lesson Bella's learning is that you're a crazy bitch. Oh, hiya, Edward Cullen!"

I turned around to find a grinning Edward. I couldn't help smiling back.

Alice held the phone from her ear. Rosalie could be heard cursing up a storm.

"Bye-bye!" Alice turned off the phone.

I walked over to Edward and whispered, "Hi."

"Hey there," he whispered back, taking my hand.

"This is romantic-movie sickening." Alice came up to us. "No need to shake my hand, Edward Cullen. Just keep caressing my girl's paw. Let it be known that if you hurt her, I'll kill you."

"You have my promises to keep her happy." He continued smiling at me. "Nice to finally meet you, Alice."

"Sure it is. That's why you can't look at me and are eye-fucking my friend right now! I'm heading home to the husband, kiddos. Try not to get too many fluids in the scones." She waved as she headed out the door.

The door clicked shut and Edward's hand moved down to my waist. "It's closing time."

"It is," I agreed. His lips touched mine, so slowly and so very softly.

"I've been thinking about your lips all day." He rubbed his nose against mine.

"Eskimo kisses," I giggled. "You thought about me all day? Was it when you were playing Xbox or reading the TV Guide and picking this week's viewing choices?"

"It was when I was eating Twinkies and wishing they were your muffins, Muffin." He squeezed my breast.

I hugged him. "So, you just had to see me?"

"I just had to take you to dinner. Want to go to my house?"

"You just want to hide me away," I said. Hello there, insecurities. I moved away.

Edward just pulled me back. "I have a favorite restaurant. I want you sitting across from me. Then my foot is going to stroke your leg, pretty. Then, it'll work its way up that leg to your lovely clit."

"Oh, my," I sighed.

"Oh, my, indeed," he grinned.

"I need to get my things from the back." I headed to the kitchen, as he held tightly to my waist and followed me.

Edward looked down at the table where he'd made me tremble. "Fancy another go?"

"I'm starving, Edward." I opened a cabinet and grabbed my bag.

He came over and put my bag on the ground. He lifted me up and carried me over to the table. Both hands twisted into my hair. "I need to feel your lips on mine for a couple of minutes. I promise to feed you soon, woman."

Edward's eyes were my undoing. He looked at me with an expression that was so soft and caring. I pulled him closely and kissed him. Our lips together made every nerve ending in my body tingle.

"Dinner?" he asked.

I buried my head in the crook of his neck. "I want you so much. It scares me."

He leaned his head onto mine. "You terrify me. I think I love it."

I think I could someday love him.