The Twilight Twenty-Five
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Pen Name: Missus T
Word Count: 498
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A million thanks to Ooza and everyone coordinating The Twilight 25. As always, it's been a challenge - but it's also been a blast. Thanks to SydneyGen and Leckadams for helping me read these over before posting. They speak my language and aren't afraid to tell me when they don't know what the hell I'm talking about...or that I'm afraid of exclamation points and have a horrible grasp of comma use. I heart them both - a lot.
Thank you, readers, for taking the time to take a look at these ramblings whether you dropped me a line or not. I appreciate you reading these little snippets more than I can say.
I woke to find Bella standing across the room looking at a map of the world on the wall. My mother had once again redecorated the guest room, this time with a nautical theme.
Bella looked gorgeous. Her hair was rumpled from sex and sleep. She wore a strappy tank top with boy shorts and nothing more.
I stretched and settled with my hands behind my head. I watched her for a few minutes, and she seemed oblivious to me, running her finger along the map and sighing. Eventually, I cleared my throat to let her know I was awake.
"Good morning, Beautiful."
"Hey." She chuckled, turning around and climbing back into bed with me. "Good morning to you, too."
"What were you doing over there, planning a trip around the world?"
"Funny. Just thinking about what your dad said."
I shifted and rolled to my side to face her. "What my dad said?"
"Yeah. At dinner he said he'd give you a honeymoon anywhere you wanted if you didn't plan a wedding as insane as your sister's."
"Stop. I wasn't thinking about our honeymoon." She rolled her eyes. "I woke up first and saw the map. I looked at it for a while and then I thought - where would I go if I could pick anywhere?"
I knew I had to say something. I licked my lips, afraid that it was all too much for her.
"It's not that I don't want to marry you. It's just...My parents don't even know we're together. We said we'd wait until after Alice's wedding to tell anyone."
I'd moved back to Seattle just in time for my sister's engagement party, and she'd gotten it in her head to use her wedding as the vehicle to reunite me with my ex, Tanya. It might have worked too, until I met Alice's new best friend… Bella. One look, and I was done for. But then Alice morphed into Bridezilla and freaked out if anything didn't go the way she planned. Bella and I both knew we couldn't rock the boat. We'd spent the past six months falling for each other, hard, and hiding it from everyone.
"I know, and I still agree. Alice will flip out if she finds out we're together." She leaned forward and kissed me. When she pulled back she grinned, her eyes sparkling with laughter. "But you're an idiot if you think your parent's don't know we're sleeping together after this weekend."
"What? No way."
I'd been so careful. Kept my hands to myself when I wanted to touch her. Bit my tongue when there were a million inane things I wanted to tell her. It had been the longest three days of my life.
"Babe, you haven't slept in your room at all and, frankly, this room reeks of sex."
"It does not!" I sniffed the air, but the only thing I could smell was Bella. And us. Oh fuck. "It does, doesn't it?"
A/N: Thanks again for reading. I've got a few story ideas brewing, it may be a few months still, but I'll be back with more.