The Twilight Twenty-Five
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Prompt: #25
Pen Name: MariahajilE
Pairing/Character(s): Edward/Bella
Rating: M
Word Count: 444

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"I'm so happy you called," Bella replied, trying to keep from crying.

She missed Edward more than she could stand sometimes, but she wanted what little time they had on the phone to be happy.

"Me, too, baby. At least the next time I call, it'll be with a date and time to pick me up from the airport."

"Thank God," she sighed.

As proud as she was of him for enlisting, she was thankful his time in Afghanistan was finally over. Bella'd heard the stories of fathers, husbands, sons, and brothers lost, of the battles that had claimed their lives, of the unspeakable grief families had endured. The thought of him being over there, of possibly being hurt or worse…

"I can't wait until you're here. I'm taking you out to eat the biggest steak the state of Washington has to offer. And sex! We're having lots and lots of sex. I'm talking wall sex and on-top-of-the-kitchen-table sex and shower sex and defiling-the-couch sex and other kinds of sex that haven't even been invented yet."

I should write these down.

"Does that mean you're still gonna marry me?"

"You bet your sweet ass I am," she said, toying with her engagement ring.


Just then, Bella heard a car pull into her driveway.

"It's about time," she mumbled.


"I ordered a pizza over an hour ago. The delivery guy just got here."

"I see your cooking skills haven't changed," he joked. "You still attached to the microwave? Have you even figured out how to turn the stove on?"

"Hey! I'll have you know my mac and cheese-making capabilities have gotten better," she laughed.

She grabbed some cash from her purse and made her way to the door after hearing the doorbell.

"Besides, you're gonna have to get used to it. Delivery's the only thing that's gonna happen once you get home, because I'm not letting you out of bed for a while, mister. Remember? We're having all the sex," she said as she opened the door.

"Do you wanna start now or wait until your pizza gets here?" Edward asked, smiling at her beautiful and shocked face.

"Edward?" Bella whispered, still holding her phone to her ear.

"Surprise," he chuckled.

His laughter died down as he looked her over and his eyes began to water.

"I almost forgot how beautiful you are…"

Skype could never do his girl justice.

"Oh, my God! Edward!"

Bella dropped her cell and jumped on him and into his arms, immediately bursting into tears, wetting his uniform.

Edward held her close, tightly, as he reacquainted himself with the feel of her body against his.

"I'm home, baby."

Thanks be to MrsSpaceCowboy for pre-reading.

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