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Chapter 8 EPOV
"WHAT!" I shout, walking towards the door. Emmett holds up his hands and stops me.
"Ok well maybe she didn't shoot him, but she may as well have." I stop in my tracks, waiting for an explanation.
I didn't know Bella was back. I kind of figured that she would come to finalize his affairs and then leave again. I wonder how long she's been here. And how did I not know…
It was a sad day when Charlie died. Seems like there was a spook with one of the horses he was riding. The horse threw him and he landed head first, on a rock. I never thought that was the way Charlie was going to go. He's always been a proficient horse rider and always could handle any horse. It never did make sense to me. Still doesn't.
Now I have to deal with the reality that Bella is here and I should straighten things out with her. Try to explain what happened all those years ago. I can't continue to carry on in life knowing that she's in town and I didn't make an effort to talk to her. I mean I'm going to see her in town eventually.
"How do you know all this anyways Em?" Jasper asks.
"Do I really need to tell you…." he says, placing his hands on his hips.
"Alice…," I mutter to myself. That's what she was trying to tell me a minute ago. Of course she would know.
I walk back over to my desk and put my head in my hands. I have to figure out a way that I can get her to talk to me. It's been ten years; we've both matured since then. I'm sure if I just showed up at Charlie's place, she would hear me out.
"Look Ed, Jasper and I will take a drive over there and see what's going on. You don't need to worry about it." I drop my hands on the desk and look up at him.
"How do you even know what's going on over there anyways?" I ask.
"Mike called Alice, told her that Bella was yelling and throwing things around. Bella was upset and, Alice called me knowing that we were friends. Sounded like Jacob was there to tell her that the ranch isn't hers, something like that. Mike was pretty vague on the details apparently.
She was losing the ranch? How is that possible? Charlie was always prepared. The ranch was supposed to be insured upon accidental death. At least that's what he told gram and gramps.
"Ok look guys, I'll head on over there and talk with her. I'll make sure Jacob leaves and I'll settle things down." I rise out of my seat and Jasper puts a hand on my shoulder.
"Maybe I should head on over there." He stares at me, knowing that its' not a good idea, considering Bella and I's history.
"You can come with me if you like Jas," I say, challenging him. Emmett steps forward and blocks the door.
"No Edward, you stay here and we'll let you know what happens. Now isn't the time to be going there, guns blazing. Take a day and think about things. Besides, you have Elizabeth, she's your girl. Don't worry about Bella right now. Take the rest of the day off and head on home." Emmett and Jasper turn around and leave through the door.
I sigh knowing that they're right. What was I going to do, drive there and tell her she needs to calm down? That she can't be throwing things at Jacob and possibly want to shoot him. Yeah, that would go over real well. Maybe I should go there and tell her that I wasn't having sex with someone else when she walked in. Yeah it looked like it, but that's not what happened.
She would probably run into the house, grab Charlie's rifle and shoot me. She probably doesn't look the same. I bet she's gained weight, cut her hair and somehow grown moles all over her face. And she probably stinks too. Yeah, she stinks.
I laugh at the thought. I kind of feel better about the whole situation. Then I think, "Wow Edward, you're acting like the biggest child ever. Grow up man; you're thirty-two years old, not eighteen."
I gather my hat and the discarded file from my desk, shut and lock my office door and make my way back over to my truck. Just as I'm getting in, I see the guys turning out onto the main road heading towards Charlie's ranch. I take a deep breath and head home.
Pulling through the gates of my gram and gramps, I park in my usual spot, beside the guest home where I live. I haven't moved into the main house yet. The loss of them would feel too permanent. Besides, I don't want to move in there unless I'm ready to move on with my life. Somehow, the main house signifies family to me. And at this point right now, I'm not sure how I feel.
I see Liz's car at the main house so I make my way over there. I call out for Liz after I open the door and see her out through the windows on the patio at the barbeque. I toe off my boots and make my way through the kitchen, stopping to grab a glass of water. I stare at Liz through the kitchen window as she turns the steaks over while listening to something through the ear buds of her iPod. Her long blonde hair, tied up in a pony tail bounces back and forth as she swings her hips to whatever beat is playing.
I see a note on the counter from Uncle Aro, telling me that he's in town for dinner and won't be back till later to discuss some business with me. I ease the sliding glass door open and step out onto the patio and walk over to her. Catching her off guard, I wrap my arms around her as she jumps a little in surprise.
"Oh gosh, Edward you scared me," she exclaims.
"Sorry babe. I couldn't resist," I laugh, while peppering the crook of her neck with kisses.
"Mmmm…that feels nice." She says, swaying in my arms.
"I missed you."
"I missed you too Ed. Are you hungry? I'm making steak and potatoes." She turns in my arms and I take a moment to answer her. Her eyes are wide and hopeful, ice blue irises stare back at me while the side of her mouth is drawn into a small scowl. I smile as her nose wrinkles, unhappy with my obvious delay.
"Edward, are you even listening to me?" She asks.
"Yeah babe, I'm just staring at my girlfriend, is that so wrong?" I say, kissing her little nose.
Her hands run up my chest and into the back of my hair at the base of my neck. She stands on her tip toes and I hold onto her hips more firmly.
Her lips come closer to mine, and they finally meet. Hesitant at first, her plush lips rest against mine and I encourage her mouth to open. She smiles into my kiss, knowing exactly what I want.
Our tongues meet and my hands cradle her back closer to me. I grip her thighs and pull her up around my waist. Her breasts rub against my chest and I look beyond her to the lounge chair. Slowly I walk forward and lay us both down, her on the bottom as I press my body fully against hers.
"Edward, I need you." She pants between kisses. I continue my grinding against her body. She feels my body's reaction to her and groans into my mouth. I pick her up off the lounger and walk into the pool house; I lay her down on the couch and begin to undress her.
"Edward please…", she moans. I pull back and look at her. That's when I notice her bottom lip is pressed between her teeth. And suddenly that image brings me back to a place ten years ago. Her face morphs into one with flowing brown hair and a heart shape face, big brown expressive stare back at me. I'm momentarily stunned as I stare into the face of someone I loved years ago.
That's when I lean back down and make love to a woman I thought I would never see again.
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