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Things have been screwed up lately. Ever since Edward found out about Bella's secret, he has been a mess. He was harsh, cruel and I didn't want to be around him. I know it was a shock to him, but I kinda hoped he wouldn't react so negative about it. I could understand why he felt betrayed, but I just wish things would work out between them.
I don't think I could ever keep my children a secret, but it was Bella's choice to do that. She knew that Edward didn't like children and she just wanted to figure out what their relationship was about. It wasn't smart of her to start it with a lie, but Edward made it hard for her. He was crazy about her, still is, and it's hard to try to ignore him. He's not used to not getting his way. If he has something on his mind, he wants it done.
I knew exactly what had happened when Edward's assistant called and asked me if I knew where he was. Edward wouldn't keep an appointment waiting and I knew he had found out about Bella's secret. I know Edward loves me, but I was shocked when he pushed me. He had never done that and I knew he was seriously hurt.
I didn't know that Edward and I was panicking. I called Emmett and told him what happened. He was so angry and made his way over to Edward's apartment. I also called mom to tell her that Edward was okay, but that he really wasn't. She wanted to be there for her son and we all waited for Edward to show up.
He wasn't himself when we saw him and Emmett didn't have control over his feelings. I felt awful when Emmett hit Edward and I had a feeling it was my fault. I had called Emmett and maybe I shouldn't have done that. Maybe I could fix this all without them, but it was done and I couldn't change a thing about it. I was glad that mom was there so she could stop Emmett.
Everyone was hurt by his words, he was just so cruel. We decided to leave him alone so he could figure the situation out. It was hard for me to see my brother like that. He was always the tough one and no one could hurt him, but then I saw the impact that Bella had on him. Edward didn't like to lose control over himself, but Bella had done that to him.
I had called Jasper to explain what was going on and he cancelled all his appointments to be with me. I could always count on him and he knew what Edward felt for Bella. He was the first one who Edward talked to about her. We picked up the kids and tried not to think about it too much. There was nothing we could do, Edward had to deal with this himself. We would be there for him when he needed us.
That night we were in bed when the doorbell rang followed by someone knocking on our front door. I was a little scared, because we all heard those stories about people knocking on your door late at night and then they rob you. I woke Jasper up and he went to check it out. He called me when he saw that Edward was at our front door. He had a bottle of whiskey in his hand and he looked awful. I had never seen him this way, so vulnerable.
He kept on apologizing and Jasper and I helped him inside. He then told me that Bella had lied to him, but I already knew this from the beginning. You could see that he was hurt and I didn't really know what to do. I grabbed a blanket and a pillow and he was asleep fast.
"Parker, leave your uncle alone," I said to him as he was hovering over Edward.
"Why is Uncle Eddie here?" he whispered and I tried to come up with an excuse.
"He was around and asked if he could sleep here," I said, it was the first thing I came up with.
"He smells," Noah said as he stood beside his little brother.
"I know, just leave him alone. Go eat some breakfast and daddy will take you to school," I said and led the kids to the kitchen. I didn't want to leave Edward alone, not even to bring the kids to school. Jasper had cancelled his first appointment and would continue with his day in his office.
An hour later I heard some noises coming from the living room. It sounded like Edward was in pain and I could believe that with all the liquor he drank last night. He groaned some more and it was time to talk to him.
"Edward?" I asked. My thoughts were still with yesterday and I hoped he wouldn't act so cruel to me now.
"Don't talk so loud," he said and his arm covered his eyes.
"I wasn't talking loud, but I guess you have a head ache," I said and made my way over to him.
"Now that's an understatement," he said and made a movement to sit up.
"You should take a shower. You smell," I said and I almost couldn't handle the smell. It was a combination of alcohol and sweat and it was just disgusting.
"Don't talk so much," he groaned.
"Take a shower and then we'll have a serious talk," I said and stepped out of the living room. We really need to talk about this.
Some time later Edward was sitting at the breakfast bar with some food in front of him. He had some difficulties with eating his food, but he needed to get something in his stomach.
"You should talk about what happened," I encouraged him to say something. I wanted to know what he was thinking and I thought it would make him feel better if he could get it off of his chest.
"I'm sorry about yesterday," he said and he looked like he meant that.
"You said that a thousand times already. I want to talk about what happened between you and Bella," I said and was a little afraid to say her name. I had no idea how Edward was going to react.
"I don't really want to talk about that," he said and turned his head away from me.
"Then it's not your lucky day. You're in my house and I want to talk about it. It has an impact on you and I'm worried about you," I told him and I hoped I could get through to him.
"Then I'm going. I'm not in the mood for this," he said and started to walk away.
"Edward, please don't be that way. I really want to help you," I pleaded. I didn't want him to go.
"You can't help me. It's over and nothing can be done about that," he said and it sounded so cold. I knew he was honest about things in life, but it hurts to hear him talk like that.
"I just … I feel so helpless to see you like this. Please, just tell me what you're feeling, what you're thinking. I want to be there for you, because you've always been there for me," I said and I could feel the tears in my eyes.
"I feel betrayed and really stupid. Are you happy now?" he said.
"No, I'm not happy. I get it that you're hurt, but you don't have to act like such an asshole," I yelled at him. I had it with him at the moment.
"Okay, so I'm not allowed to feel like crap? I thought Bella and I had a future together, so imagine that I'm disappointed," he said and walked away. I couldn't let him leave like this.
"I can understand why she did it," I said and I squeezed my eyes shut. Either this could make him leave or he would stay and would get very mad. It just slipped out of my mouth and maybe it wasn't smart for me to say it.
He turned around and I saw him tense up. He had a murderous look on his face. Yes, maybe it was the wrong thing to say. He kept his eyes on me and walked towards me. It was just an instinct, but I stepped back until I felt the wall in my back. Shit, now I regret telling Jasper to go to work. I don't think Edward would hurt me, but I'm not really certain about it right now.
"You understand?" he said with a low voice and I felt chills going through my body.
"Yes, I understand why she did it. I don't agree with it, but I understand," I said and made myself look tall. I wasn't going to show him that I was scared.
"Is it because you're a woman too? You have to stick together or something?" he said and he sounded ridiculous.
"No, I just want to make you see why she did it, but you have to listen to me," I said. I really hoped things would work out between them, because they looked so happy together.
"Enlighten me then," he said sarcastically and sat down at the breakfast bar. At least I was getting somewhere.
"I really don't have all day so please tell me your words of wisdom," he said and I just wanted to hit him.
"Shut up. I can understand why she did it, because she was afraid of your reaction. She likes you and she knows that you don't like kids. I think she was going to tell you, but it was hard for her. Sometimes when you really like someone, you can't think straight and I guess that happened to her," I said and I hoped he would get some of it.
"So, that makes it okay?" he said and his voice changed. He was letting his emotions loose.
"No, it doesn't make it okay. But it's hard for her too. You told me about her ex and I guess she was afraid to open herself like that again. She had been betrayed and was afraid of getting hurt. I'm sure it was hard for her too to let you get into her heart," I said and moved closer to him.
"Karma is a bitch," he said and I knew he had hidden his feelings again. Men can be so stubborn about their feelings and emotions.
"We'll see. I don't think this is the end for you two," I said and he just started to laugh. Called me a comedian and left the house quickly after that. I hadn't gone very far with it, but I told him what I wanted to say.
I wasn't getting anywhere with Edward, so I wanted to do something completely different. I talked to mom about it and it killed her to see her son like that. It was time to talk to Bella. Our sons went to the same school and were in the same class, she would be there to pick her son up and I was there too.
I gave her my phone number and I just hoped she would call me. I think I figured out why she didn't tell Edward, but I wanted to hear it from her. I wanted to be there for her and I wanted her and Edward to get back together. I think Edward wouldn't be a bad father, like he thought he would be.
My phone rang and it wasn't a number I knew. I just hoped it was that one person that I wanted to call me.
"Hello, this is Alice," I said and it sounded quiet on the other line for a few seconds.
"Hey Alice, I've been thinking," she said and then she paused.
"Bella?" I asked. I knew it was her, but I wanted to make sure. This was a big deal that she was calling me.
"Yeah, I'm sorry. I've been a mess and I'm not thinking clear," she said and I could hear her struggle.
"That's okay, you don't have to apologize. Why are you calling?" I said. I wanted to hear the exact words and I wanted to hear it out of her mouth.
"Did you really mean what you said yesterday?" she asked me.
"What about?" I played stupid.
"That I can call you if I wanted to talk," she said and you could hear she was really sad. I sat on the couch and I was glad she called me.
"Of course I meant that," I answered.
"Do you think that maybe we could talk?" she asked.
"Sure, do you want to do it over the phone or do you want to meet somewhere?" I don't think this was a conversation one should have over the phone.
"I think this is fine," she said and I was a little disappointed.
"Okay, that's fine by me," I said and then it was quiet for some time. I could hear her breathing so I knew she was still there.
"Do you think things will be okay between Edward and me? Do you think he can forgive me," I could hear the tears in her voice and I really wanted to hug her.
"I hope things will be okay, but it takes some time. It isn't a little thing that you lied about and Edward needs to get his thoughts on track."
"I never wanted this to happen," she said.
"I know, but it wasn't really smart of you. I understand your reasoning, but you should have told him earlier."
"Do you think things would have been different if I told him earlier?" she asked me.
"I have no idea. I don't think he would be as mad as he is now, but he still wouldn't accept it. He convinced himself that children are awful, but that's not how he is. I think he would make a great father," I said.
"I really screwed it up," she admitted and I totally agree with her.
"Yeah, but we can try to fix it," I said and I wanted to hear her answer.
"Do you think that will happen?" she asked.
"I'm not sure, but we can try. You guys looked so good together and you were both happy."
"How do you want to fix it?" she asked.
"Let's leave that up to me," I said and we said our goodbyes.
And now it was time for my plan and I thought it was amazing. Now I just needed Edward to agree to it and that was going to be hard.
My phone rang, but I really didn't want to answer. It's been a week since I found out about Bella's little secret. I dove into work and only paid attention to that. My assistant was worried, but I send her home. I was fine and I didn't need someone to baby me.
I saw it was Alice calling me, but she would only call me to tell me to stop working. She had been calling every evening, but I stopped picking up after a few days.
The ringing stopped and I focused on my computer once again. After a few minutes it started again and I wanted to smash the thing on the ground. I clicked it away, but she didn't give up. I couldn't handle the ringing anymore and it was time to face Alice.
"Hello?" I answered.
"Oh thank god you answered your phone. I have an emergency and you have to come to my house," she said and I heard a lot of panic in her voice.
"What's going on?" I asked. It must be something really important if she calls me now.
"Something went horribly wrong at Jasper's practice and I really need to go there. He needs me, but I can't take the kids with me. Can you please come here? Oh God, I really need you here Edward," she said and she was crying now. Fuck, I didn't want to be near her kids, but I couldn't leave Alice like that.
"What about mom? Or Rosalie? I'm sure they could help you out," I suggested. I tried to come up with another excuse.
"They won't answer their phones. Please Edward, I know you don't like it, but I really need you," fuck, I couldn't say no to that.
"I will be there in 5," I said and rushed out of my office.
I held my hand up to knock on Alice's door, but she was already there.
"Thank you so much," she said and hugged me. There were tears streaming down her face and I just held her. I didn't know what else to do.
"It's okay. You hurry up and go to Jasper," I said and tried to get her off of me.
"Noah has a friend playing here and they're upstairs in his room. Parker is watching some television," she said and ran to her car. This afternoon was going to suck.
I slowly walked into the house and could hear the noise from upstairs. I could already feel a head ache coming up.
"Uncle Eddie, do you want to watch TV with me?" Parker asked me and petted the spot next to him.
"Sure," I said and walked over to him. I sat on the couch and turned my attention to the TV. Maybe this afternoon would be over soon.
"I like it when you are here," he said, and I had no clue how to answer. It was just best to ignore him.
I heard some noises on the stairs and the silence was over. I couldn't handle 2 kids, but now there was one more kid. This is just hell.
"Uncle Eddie, what are you doing here?" Noah asked me, but I had focused my attention on the other boy. It wasn't just some boy, it was Bella's kid and this wasn't good at all.
"Your mom had some kind of emergency," I answered, but still looking at the other boy.
"Hey, I know you. You made my mommy sad," he said and looked at me. He tried to look mad, but it just looked hilarious.
"I'm sorry about that. Why don't you go play or something?" I suggested. I really didn't want to be around them.
My mind was going crazy. Bella's kid is here and I had no idea when Alice would be back. I don't know when a mom was supposed to pick her kid up, but I hoped it would be when Alice would be here again. Fuck, this just wasn't my day.
It was almost 5 o'clock now and Alice still wasn't home. The kids were watching television, but I couldn't concentrate anymore. I couldn't keep my legs still and then I heard a car. I closed my eyes and prayed that it would be Alice.
The doorbell rang and then I knew it wasn't Alice. Maybe Bella's friend would pick the kid up. A guy could hope.
"I think that's your mommy," Noah said to the kid and I wanted to throw up. I wasn't ready for this.
"Come on, Uncle Eddie, open the door," Parker said and we all walked to the front door.
I started thinking about my conversation with Alice and I started to doubt the whole situation. She lied to me and set me up. She was going to pay for this, that's for sure.
I moved my hand to the door knob and it was time to face the truth. I slowly twisted it and opened it. There she was, still beautiful as ever.
"Edward?" she asked with a confused look on her face.
"Bella," I said.