Rediscovering Love

Edward and Bella met in High School. After graduation they lost contact and went on with their life. Years later they meet again. Both have a lot of secrets. They're both unhappy and when they bump in to each other, they start to realize that there is more than just friendship. A/H OC ExB

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9. Chapter eight: Discoveries

Edward’s age: 21 – Savannah’s age: 2,5 years old

Bella’s age: 21 – Nathan’s age: 13-14 months

Isabella’s POV

I look around my new house and I cannot help but smile. I can finally start my new life. In the last six months a lot has happened. One thing I’ll never forget is the conversation I had with my parents when I told them the truth about Paul.

Flashback

Tanya and I were waiting in the airport’s arrival area and I was pacing around.

“Calm down, please!” she orders. “You’re making me nervous.” I stopped pacing and turned to look at her.

“Sorry,” I say. “I’m just scared and nervous.”

“I understand that, but you’re not only making me nervous.  Look around you and you can see the other people as well!”

I lean against the wall and look at the arrivals board. My parents’ flight will arrive in the next five minutes and I’m becoming more nervous with every second.

“Do you really think that they will understand?” I ask Tanya.

Tanya turns around and smiles. “They love you and they will always love you,” she says.

I look at the exit and see people coming through. I look around for my parents. Finally, I find them and run into my father’s arms. I start to cry.

“Bella, girl, what in the world happened to you?” my mother asks. I know she’s talking about the bruise on my eye that is healing. It’s not so visible anymore, but if you looked really good, you could see it. I step out of Dad’s arms and look at them.

“Let’s go to Tanya’s,” I answer. “I’ll explain it all there.” I take one of their bags and walk to Tanya. She smiles at my parents.

“Mr. and Mrs. Whitlock, I’m Tanya. I’m a good friend of your daughter’s.” She reaches her hand out and shakes my parents’ hands.

“Can you bring us to our hotel first?” my father asks. “We want to drop off our luggage.”

“Oh, that’s not necessary,” Tanya starts.

“Tanya has a room for you at her house,” I add.

“We don’t want to impose,” my mother says.

“You are not imposing,” Tanya assures her. “I’ve got plenty room for you.”

“Are you really sure?” Mom asks uncertain.

“I’m really sure, Mrs. Whitlock,” Tanya emphasizes. “I live in a house with many rooms, so don’t worry.”

I smile at my mother. She’s always afraid to impose on anyone.

“Come on,” I say. “Let’s go to Tanya’s house and see for yourself that you are not imposing.” We walk outside to Tanya’s car and put the luggage in the trunk. Mom and Dad take the seats in the back and I’m going to sit in the passenger seat. Nathan is with Tanya’s friend, because we wouldn’t have much room, if he was here.

“Where is Nathan?” Dad asks.

“A friend of mine agreed to babysit him, while we are picking you up. He is at my house,” Tanya answers. She turns the key and the car starts. She pulls out of her spot and starts driving home.

Two hours later, I’m sitting in the living room looking at my parents’ faces. I just told them the whole story and I’m now gauging their reaction. I’m scared for what they are going to say.

“Oh my…” Mom starts.

“Why didn’t you call sooner?” my father asks. “We would have helped you.”

I start to cry and look at them.  “I was afraid of the things he could do. Paul threatened me a lot and I was afraid that he would go after you.”

“Oh, Sweetheart.” Mom comes to sit next to me and gives me a hug. “We would have helped you get a lawyer who could help you. We understand that you were afraid, but we wouldn’t have let you down.”

I hug her back and start to cry harder. I’m so glad that my parents are with me. My father joins us in the hug.

End of flashback

We stayed for hours in that hug. Eventually, Tanya came home with Nathan and my parents excitingly greeted their grandson.  My father called a really good friend of his, who is a lawyer and we started to fill in the papers to divorce Paul and to get full custody of Nathan. The divorce isn’t finalized yet, because Paul refuses to give up Nathan. My lawyer asks me if I can prove of all the abuse. That was the moment that everything came down. I didn’t have proof of anything.

Flashback

I am sitting in Tanya’s office with my lawyer, Garrett.

“The judge will approve joint custody if we cannot prove that Paul was abusive.” He looks through his papers. “On paper Paul looks like the perfect dad, so we need pictures, documents of all the times he hit you.”

I can feel the tears filling my eyes. What did I have for proof?

“Will this mean that he can take Nathan away?” I ask.

“Not take away, but he can get joint custody,” Garrett answers. “Isn’t there any proof?”

“Not that I know of.”

“What do you mean?” he asks. “Have you been in the hospital?”

“Uhm, a lot of times, but it was always because of my clumsiness or that is what Paul told them,” I explain.

“I can call the hospitals you were in, ask for the files and then I can go to a friend of mine who is doctor,” he starts explaining. “He can tell if it is possible that your injuries were caused because of you being brutalized.”

“Is it possible for learning that just out of my files?” I ask a little unsure. “There will be no photos of the injuries.”

“I will not assume if I were you. Sometimes there are doctors and nurses that have suspicions,” he tells me. “It is possible that one of them has taken pictures.” Garrett takes his cell and looks through it. He puts his phone at his ear. “Carlisle,” he greets the person on the other side of the line and I cannot help but think of Alice, I miss that girl a lot. I have to contact her when I have the time. “Okay, I will send the files to you as soon as I get them. Thanks, my friend. You’ll let me know as soon as you have any information? Great then, goodbye.” Garrett hangs up and looks at me.

“What is happening?” I ask him.

“Doctor Cullen will help us,” he answers with a big smile.

“Cullen?” I repeat. “As in Doctor Carlisle Cullen and Esme Cullen?”

“Yes, do you know them?”

“I was best friends with their daughter, before…” I swallow and look at him with tears in my eyes. “Before everything happened.”

“Oh, the little pixie,” he smiles. “My son is engaged to her.” I gasp, because I couldn’t believe my ears. In front of me sat the father of one of my friends, but that was not the only thing that was surprisingly thing. Alice and Jasper are engaged. It was bound to happen, but I had hoped to be closer to her when everything happened.

“Jasper is your son and…” I stutter. “He’s engaged to Alice.”

“Yeah, last month he had the courage to ask her, but if you think that Alice was surprised, you are wrong. She already knew that he was going to ask her.”

I have to laugh, because it was so true. Alice could always seem to predict what would happen.

“I miss them,” I tell Garrett.

“They miss you too,” he says. I look shocked at him.

“W-What?”

“Bella, I know you very well. Alice came to me a year ago,” he begins. “A few months earlier she lost contact with you and she wanted me to look for you. I couldn’t help her, because it was not my job to do it. She even ordered me to hire a private detective.”

“I can’t believe it. I thought I would never see her or hear from her again.”

“I can let her know where you are,” Garrett says. I look at him and give him a small smile.

“Can you wait a little bit?” I ask. “I want to wait before I reconnect with her. I want this all to be over.”

“I understand that. Everything will be all right,” he says. We start to discuss our other option and after an hour he leaves Tanya’s office.

End of flashback

That was five months ago and now we are waiting for a meeting with a judge. Garrett thinks that the judge will go in our favor, but I’m not so sure. In the meantime, I went back to my pre-med studies and started looking for a house where I could stay with Nathan.

“It looks beautiful.” Tanya pulls me out of my musings and I smile at her.

“I know, but now I have to decorate it,” I tell her. Nathan is in my arms and I put him down. He already crawls everywhere, so I have to keep a close eye on him.

“How are you going to pay for it?” Tanya asks. I smile and crouch down so I’m on eye level with my son.

“Even after all the arguments we have, my parents decided to pay for it,” I say. “I refused their money, but they refused to take no for an answer.”

“Are they not going to move themselves?”

“Yeah, they found a beautiful house a couple of blocks away and are moving over the next couple of weeks,” I reply.  “I’m glad they will be close to me again. I missed them.”

“Mammamama,” Nathan mumbles. He started saying his first word last week. I’m so proud of him. I pick him back up and start walking around in the house, thinking about how to decorate it. I know I’ll start with the room that is for Nathan. I’m thinking a light blue on the walls.

The doorbell rings and I give Nathan to Tanya and walk to the front door. I open it and I can’t believe my eyes. In front of me stand my best friend and her fiancé.

“Alice?” I question her. I still can’t believe that she stands in front of me. “Jasper?”

“Hi, Bella,” Jasper greets me. “How are you?”

“H-How,” I stutter.

“I heard Dad talking to Carlisle and your name was said,” Jasper explains. “I couldn’t believe my ears at first, but I confronted Dad about it. At first he denied it, of course, but after much persuasion on my side, he eventually told me that he had met you and was your lawyer.”

“Jasper told me that same night what his father told him,” Alice continues. “The next day, I went to him and I demanded that he told me where you were living.”

“But he promised,” I say.

“He kept his promise,” Jasper reassures me. “He told Alice that he could not give us your address.”

“But nobody can stop me. So when he wasn’t in his office, I looked through his files and found out you were going to move here,” Alice continues.

“Isn’t that illegal?” I ask.

“Oh, shush.” Alice walks by me and inside my new house. Jasper smiles at me and follows his fiancée. I’m still shocked, but I close the door and follow them. Tanya is playing on the ground with Nathan. When she hears footsteps, she looks up.

“Bella, who are those people?” Tanya asks as she stands up.

“Jasper Hale and Alice Cullen,” Jasper introduces Alice and himself.

“As in Garrett Hale, the lawyer?” Tanya asks. Jasper nods only and smiles at her. “Did he send you here to help with the case?”

“What case?” Alice asks. I’m standing behind them telling Tanya with big gestures to shut up. Tanya notices me and starts to shut up.

“What case do you mean?” Jasper repeats Alice’s question.

“Oh, nothing. I’m mistaken,” Tanya answers.

Alice turns around to look at me, but I don’t say anything. She starts to squeal, jumping up and down while clapping her hands.

“I can’t believe that I finally found you.” She hugs me and I have to hug her back. It doesn’t matter how shocked am I, I’m happy to have my best friend back. Okay, Tanya is a great friend and will always be here for me, but there has always been something special between Alice and me.

“Mamma,” Nathan says. Tanya picks him and takes a step toward me.

“Hey, little boy,” Alice cooed. “Is this your son, Tanya?”

“No, he’s mine,” I answer when I take Nathan out of Tanya’s arms.

“Oh, he’s one beautiful boy,” Alice says shocked. “Where is the father?”

“That’s a long story.”

“Has the long story to do with why my father has a file of you?” Jasper asks. I turn to look at him in the eyes.

“Tell me what you know,” I demand.

“I know nothing, Bella. Just what I heard between my father and Carlisle. Something about medical files of you,” he says truthfully.

I turn to look at Alice. “What do you know?”

“I don’t know anything, Bella,” she answers. “What has you so paranoid?”

“Nothing, okay? Your father promised me that he wouldn’t say anything to you and now you are both standing in my NEW house,” I say. “Do you know what the weird part about this whole thing is?” They both shook their head.

“The only people that knew what the address is to this house are my parents.” They both looked guilty and I knew there was more to their story. I walk away with Nathan, to the front door, and go to Tanya’s car.

“Bella, please wait,” Jasper calls. I stop and turn around. “I’m sorry.”

“You are sorry for what?” I ask. “For using your father, or for lying to me.”

“Both,” Alice says. “We got your address from your parents.”

“That’s impossible. They know not give my address to just anybody,” I tell them.

“After Jasper heard Garrett talking about you, he told me and I knew that your parents still lived in Forks, so I decided to visit them,” Alice starts to tell. “They remembered our friendship. I started to ask questions about you, but they stayed vague. Jasper was with me and because of Garrett… Well we used him needing your new address as an excuse.”

I can’t believe they used my parents to find me.

“I can’t believe this.”

“I missed you. In the beginning you ignored my phone calls, then my emails, and then your Facebook account was deleted. I started to become worried about you,” Alice says.

“The conversation I overheard was the first thing in a year that I’ve heard from or about you. I had to pursue it and if I had to lie a little, then so be it.”

“You don’t understand what I’m going through. You don’t know why I’m in LA!” I scream.

“We want to know, Bella,” Alice says.

Oh God, she can be so stubborn. Doesn’t she see that I want to be alone?

“That’s why we came to look for you.”

“Do you really want to know?” I yell. “Do you really?”

“Bella, Sweetheart.” Tanya walks up to me and stops in front of me. “You have to calm down. You’re scaring Nathan.” I look at my son and I can see the scared look in his eyes.

“Oh baby boy, I’m sorry,” I whisper. I look at the people in front of me. “I’m sorry. A lot has happened over the past year and I’m still working on it.” I look at Tanya. She smiles at me.

“We are here to help you. You are still my best friend,” Alice cries.

“You are wrong, Alice. I WAS your best friend. A lot has changed since I left for college,” I say. “I’m still your friend, but I’m certain that you made a new best friend.”

“You’re right. You are changed. My best friend wasn’t bitter.” Alice passes me and before she steps into a car, she takes a look at me. “I hope you come back.”

I look sadly at her, but don’t say anything.  Jasper gives me a folded paper and I take a look at it.

“For when you want to see us.” He also steps into the car and several minutes later they drive away.

“What in the world just happened?” Tanya asks and I just shrug my shoulders.

“I wasn’t ready yet,” I just say.

 

Edward’s POV

“Daddy!” Savannah calls.

“What’s wrong, Princess?” I ask while I walk into the living room.

“Pee,” Savannah answers. I pick her up and carry her to the bathroom.

“Can you go inside on your own?” I ask her. She nods and walks inside. I wait outside and think about the past six months. Time did fly by, but not a lot changed. In the beginning Lauren stayed home a lot more, but as the weeks passed she used a lot of excuses as to why she couldn’t be home. When she was home, we fought a lot. Sometimes we both forgot that Savannah was in the room.

“Daddy!” My little Princess pulls me out of my musings and I open the door.

“Yes, Sweetheart?”

“I’m done,” she says happily. I walk inside and help Savannah with her clothes and then bring her to the sink to wash her hands. She jumps off her step and runs out of the room. I smile at her actions and follow her. When I catch up with her, I see Lauren in the living room.

“Mommy, look,” Savannah says while showing her newest drawing from daycare. Lauren gives her a little smile, but anyone besides a child can see that it’s not a real smile. I hope that my daughter doesn’t figure it out.

“It’s beautiful,” Laurens says. “But Mommy has to go somewhere tonight and has to make herself beautiful now, so run along.”

“Mommy pretty,” Savannah says. I walk further in the room and Lauren looks up.

“Lauren,” I say dryly.

“Edward,” she greets the same. “I have to change.”

“Why?” I ask her.

“Kelly and me are going to the movies,” she answers.

“Are you serious?!” I yell. I am getting mad. The last three weeks Lauren hasn’t stayed home a night hardly at all. “Yesterday you went to the bar with Kelly.”

“Are you saying that I can’t go out?” Laurens screams back. “I can do and go wherever I want.”

“But you have a family who wants you home.”

“I don’t want that family!” she yells.

I stand frozen in my place. After some time, I pick up my daughter and walk to the door.

“Pack your bags and leave this house. I don’t want to see you anymore.”

“Edward, please I’m sorry.”

“Don’t start, Lauren,” I begin. “We’ve been going to a therapist for six months and your behavior towards Savannah hasn’t changed. I’m tired of trying.”

“I’m trying. You have to give me another chance,” she pleads.

“I’ve given you a million chances and I’m tired of it,” I tell her when I open the front door. “I’m going to stay with my parents.”

“Edward,” Lauren cries, but I ignore her and walk back to my parents’ house.  I look at Savannah and see that she has fallen asleep. It seems like the millionth fight we’ve had in front of her and I know that she doesn’t understand, thankfully. The first month, Lauren did really try, but lately she’s started to go out more and more. We hardly see her anymore.

I walk through the backdoor, and into the house. Mom comes to the door and looks in my eyes.

“What happened, Edward?”

“We had another fight in front of Savannah,” I whisper.

“Oh my.” Mom walks over and takes Savannah out of my arms. “I will put her in her bed.” I smile at Mom and walk in to the living room, where Dad is watching the news.

“Hi Dad,” I greet.

“Son.” He looks up and frowns. “Everything okay?”

“Not really.” I sigh, sitting down and I put my head in my hands. Mom sits next Dad and I can feel their eyes on me. “This fight was the worst yet, and I am so done at this point.”

“How come?” my mother asks.

“She yelled with Savannah in the room that she didn’t want that family,” I cry. “Six months of trying and nothing has changed. We went to therapy; we did everything our therapist said. I try over and over, but there is no change,” I vent. I hear some shuffling and then someone takes my face out of my hands. Mom looks at me with a small smile.

“Do you know what you are going to do?” she asks.

“I told Lauren that she has to take her things and leave the guest house. I don’t want to see her, when I go back,” I answer.

“You can move back here to the main house if you want,” my mother says. I look at her and smile.

“That’s nice, Mom, but I don’t want to be even more dependent on you,” I respond. “I really thought that Lauren would try, but the more I think about it. She only tried the first month. I only wanted to see the good in her, maybe I’m a fool.”

“You are not a fool, Edward,” my father says. “You always see the good in people, even in Lauren.” I look up and smile.

“Savannah is almost three, Dad, and the positive contact she has with Lauren can you count on one hand. Why didn’t I see it earlier?”

“Like your father said, you see the good in people. Lauren has her good qualities and those are the ones you saw in her,” my mother tells.

I sigh and put my head back in my hands. “What in the world am I going to do? I cannot go back to college, take care of Savannah, and work all on my own. This is not what I had in mind all those years back.”

Mom gives me a hug. “Don’t worry about that. Take care of your present problems. Did you bring clothes for you and Savannah?” I shake my head no, and I stand up.

“I’m going to get some clothes.”

I walk through the door, of the guest house. The lights are on and I know that I have to confront Lauren again. I’m so not ready for this. I take a deep breath and open the door. The living room and the kitchen are empty. The music is playing really loudly and I wonder where Lauren is. I walk to the bedroom and open the door. What I see inside that room will be burnt into my memory for the rest of my life.

Lauren is fucking some strange guy in my bed. She was just starting to give him head, when I find my voice.

“Is that what you were doing, when you were not at home?” I yell.

Lauren jumps and falls off the bed.

“God damn it, I’ve just left you less than two hours ago and you are already fucking somebody else.” I turn around and walk to the living room. The music is still playing, but I don’t care. I start hitting the wall over and over again.

“Edward, stop!” Lauren screams. She and her lover are standing a few feet away from me. I step towards them with my hand raised in front of me and I can see the scared look in their eyes. Just when I reach them I turn and hit the wall once again. I turn once again to the faces of the cheaters and I look at the guy. He has messy blond hair and blue eyes. I turn to look at Lauren.

“Is this where you’ve always been?” I ask her. “Was this guy more important than your husband and your daughter?”

“I…”

I held up my hand and pass by the couple to my bedroom. I walk to the closet and take a couple of bags. I take all of the clothes I need and put them in the bags. I am not staying here one minute longer. When my clothes are in the bags, I walk to Savannah’s room and take a suitcase and put all of her clothes in. After I’m done, I go back to the living room. Lauren is the only one there and I’m guessing that the guy already left the house.

“I’m gone,” I tell her.

“So you are just going to leave without saying one word?” she asks.

“What is there to say?” I ask. “I saw you with another guy. Besides, I did say I’m gone.”

“That’s it!” Lauren yells.

“Are seriously questioning me?” I scream. “I thought you loved me and then I catch you with another man in OUR bed. If you thought that I would ask you why, then you are thinking wrong.” I go to the door and turn around for one last time. “The divorce papers will be here soon and I’m going for full custody.”

“WHAT!” Lauren yells. “You cannot do that to me. She’s mine, my daughter.”

“Oh that’s great. Now she is your daughter,” I say. “For two and a half years you didn’t care about her. You ignored her like she was some disease and now that I’m going to take her away, you start to care. That’s a real joke.”

I open the door and step outside. I take deep breath and close my eyes.

“Tell me how long you’ve been cheating on me,” I request while I turn to look at her. She stands there with her mouth open, but doesn’t answer me. “Do you know what, I don’t want to know. If you think any judge in their right mind would give you custody of Savannah, then you’re living in a dream world. Just go with my demands and the divorce will be over quickly.” I turn around and walk away.

“You are a complete idiot you know that?” she yells. “If you really think that I was with you for your character or because you were a sweet guy, you are wrong.”

I hold my steps.

“I was with you, because of your money and name. The whole time, I’ve had someone on the side who could satisfy me. I only made one mistake and that was not making any of you wear a condom. By the time I found out that I was pregnant, I already knew it wasn’t yours. The only thing I could think of was that I was going to lose you. So I told you a story about some drunken time and you believed me so easily.”

I’m still standing with my back to her, because I don’t want Lauren to see me crying.

“The only problem in my whole plan was that your parents cut you off,” she ends her story. “So are you still thinking that the judge will give you full custody?”

I ignore her question and walk back to the house. The tears are still falling and I can’t understand why I was so blind over the years. I open the back door, step inside, and drop the bags. My mother comes to my side and looks immediately worried. I ignore her and run past her up the stairs. I open Savannah’s door and look inside. She is sleeping and I can’t believe that I could lose her.

“Son, what’s wrong?” I turn around and walk into my mother’s open arms.

“I’m going to lose Savannah,” I cry. “Lauren is going to do everything to take her away.” My parents lead me to my room and I go lie down on my bed. My mother pulls a blanket over me and a few seconds later, I fall asleep.

The next morning, I wake up with a headache. The conversation from last night comes to my mind and the tears start falling again. I stand up and go into my bathroom. I take a hot shower and start to cry louder. The water washes away my tears. When the water starts to feel cold, I step out of the shower and put some clean clothes on. I pass by Savannah’s room and when I look inside, I cannot see her. I’m guessing that she is downstairs with my parents. I walk downstairs and see my daughter in the living room, where she is watching TV. I pass by her seat and kiss her head.

“Good morning, Princess,” I greet.

“Moowning Daddy.” She smiles. I give her another kiss and step into the kitchen.

“Good morning,” I greet my parents. They both look at me with a small smile.

“Good morning, Son,” my father greets me. “Everything okay?”

I sigh and shake my head. The last twenty-four hours are playing in my head and I know that the following days will not be easy. I start to say something when suddenly there is someone banging on the front door. Mom stands up and goes to answer the door.

“Where is she?!” Lauren’s voice echoes through the whole house. I go to the front door and look at my soon to be ex-wife. Anyone with common sense can see that she is clearly shit-faced drunk.

“Who are you looking for?” I ask, but I can guess what her answer will be without asking.

“MY daughter,” she answers while stressing the ‘my’ part.

“That’s strange,” I say without emotion. “Until yesterday, you didn’t care about Savannah and now you want her.”

Mom is looking between the two of us and feels that there is more to this story.

“I’m going to go back to the kitchen,” she whispers. She starts to walk away, when Lauren stops her.

“Oh but Esme, you can stay for this,” she says. “This can be a very interesting conversation and you should hear it.” Mom turns around and looks at Lauren with big eyes.

“Lauren, I think you need to leave this house,” my dad says suddenly. “You are drunk.”

“No, I have to tell you all this,” she begins her story. “You see, your son wants to divorce me and take Savannah away from me.” I close my eyes.

“Lauren, please. Not here. Savannah can hear you,” I say calmly.

“I don’t care,” she responds. “Everyone can know that you are not her father. I only married you because of your money.”

Mom gasps and Dad gasps loudly when she walks up to us.  “Lauren, leave this premises or I will call the police!” he orders.

“Not before I have my daughter. If I can’t get his money, then I will take away the one thing he is going to miss the most and everybody knows that it is not his money, but that little girl. Are you still going to love her, now that you know that you aren’t her father by blood?”

Mom walks away and comes back with a phone and gives it to my father.

“Lauren, this is your last chance. If you’re not leaving we are going to call the police,” Dad demands.

Lauren starts to laugh.

“This family is so pathetic. Call the cops!” she yells. “They are going to give that brat to me, they will have to.  Especially after I tell them that Edward isn’t the biological father.”

My father starts pushing 9-1-1 and puts the phone at his ear.

“You could also just give me money to leave that brat here.”

“I want to report the trespassing of someone. We’ve asked her to leave, but she refuses.  She is clearly intoxicated and she is acting in a threatening manner,” Dads says to the person on the other side. “6590 Forks Drive, thank you.”

Lauren sits down in the entryway and smiles. “If you really are going to think that I will be put in jail, you are wrong. My father is the Mayor of Forks.”

“And what will you father say, when we testify to all of the things you’ve just said. You are forgetting that there are three witnesses who heard your confession,” my mother tells her.

“Besides, we also can testify that Edward is the one who has taken care of Savannah for the past two and a half years of her life, and let’s not forget that you went to therapy,” my father continues. “You can try to take away Savannah from Edward, but if someone in their right mind hears what we have to say, they won’t give her to you.”

“And then we aren’t yet mentioning the fact that you are drunk,” my mother adds.

The police cruiser parks in front of the house and Chief Matthews gets out of the passenger’s seat, on the other side, Deputy Parker steps out.

“Dr. Cullen, how can we help you?” Chief Matthews asks my father.

“This lady doesn’t want to leave the premises,” my father answers. “We asked her multiple times to leave.”

“I want to take my daughter with me,” Lauren slurs. “But those fucking people won’t let me take her!”

“Mrs. Cullen, can you please calm down,” Deputy Parker says. “This yelling and accusations aren’t going to help you at all.”

“Let me take my daughter and I will be gone forever,” she slurs.

“You are in no condition to drive anywhere, Mrs. Cullen,” Chief Matthews.

Lauren turns around and faces the Chief.

“What are you saying? That I cannot leave this shit-hole with my daughter, because I had a little bit to drink?!” she screams.

“Mrs. Cullen, please calm down,” Chief Matthews orders.

“You’re a fucking piece of shit. If my father hears this, you will be fired!” she screams and before anyone could react she hit the Chief in his nose.

“Lauren Cullen, you are under arrest for assaulting a police officer,” Deputy Parker says while cuffing Lauren. My father attends to Chief Parker’s nose after Mom runs inside to get his medical bag. I stand frozen on the ground watching the scene in front of me. Lauren is yelling some more profanities and kicking her legs.

“I will get you, Edward. I will so get you. You are mine and mine alone!” she screams.

I turn around and walk into the living room where Savannah is playing. I sit down with her and play with her. She smiles at me and gives me one of her Barbie’s.

RL

Days passed by and a lot has changed. After Lauren was arrested, my parents and I talked to each other. I told them everything that Lauren had said. We decided to call Jasper’s father and let him help me with the divorce papers. I have to do a paternity test, but I know it’s necessary for the case. Everything that Lauren yelled and screamed at me and my parents is useful for the custody case. Garrett says that it is possible if we can prove that Lauren hasn’t been involved in the upbringing of her daughter that, even if I’m not blood related, I can win the custody case, as long as the true birth father doesn’t step up.

We are looking for a lot of witnesses. My parents are both testifying against Lauren, as well as Chief Matthews, he will help us.  We even have part of her conversation she was shouting on the 9-1-1 recording.

I’m now driving to Lindsay’s. I hope she will help us, but I’m not sure. I park the car in front of the apartment building. Lindsay lives above the daycare. I step out of the car and ring the doorbell. I wait till she opens the door.

“Edward,” she says surprised. “Is this about bringing Savannah?”

“Um… no,” I answer. “It’s actually about a private matter.” She opens the door further and leads me inside.

“Go on upstairs, it’s the first door on the left, and it’s open.” I follow her instructions and go into her apartment. Inside is sitting a beautiful woman. She smiles when she sees me. The door closes behind me and I look over my shoulder to see Lindsay entering.

“Lin, darling,” the girl begins. “Since when do you bring men home?”

“Oh shut up!” Lindsay laughs. “This is the father of one of the kids in my daycare.”

“He looks hot. Is he interested in a little trio time?” she asks.

I start to cough. “What did you just ask?”

The girl starts laughing and Lindsay follows her lead.

“Don’t worry, Edward,” Lindsay assures me. “Lucy here is one hundred percent lesbian. If she saw one cock, she’d run away and not stop till she was sure she couldn’t see anymore.”

Soon we all are laughing, me more so by the look of seriousness on Lindsay’s face.

“I thought the same counted for you, Lin?” Lucy says.

“That’s true, but even if it wasn’t, I wouldn’t seduce married men,” she answers. 

I swallow a big lump, because of her last statement.

“Oh… oh, Lin. I think you said something wrong,” Lucy observes. “He looks really pale.”

“Luce, get us some water,” Lindsay orders. Lucy jumps up and walks into the kitchen and several seconds later she gives me a glass. “Edward, look at me.”

I look at Lindsay and give her a small smile.

“Let him sit,” Lucy advises. “I think he needs to sit down. Look at him, he’s becoming paler.” Lucy’s words come out panicky.

“Lucy Timmons, shut the fuck up. I know what I’m doing,” Lindsay shouts as she starts leading me to the couch. “Edward, sit down.” I do what she tells me and sit on the couch. She walks up to Lucy and starts whispering to her. I can’t hear what she is saying, but I think she is asking Lucy to leave us alone.

“I will come back later, Babe,” Lucy says to her. “Call me.” She gives her a deep kiss and then leaves the apartment.

Lindsay sits down next to me and looks at me. Neither of us speaks a word.

“What did you want to talk about?” she asks eventually.

I look in her eyes and see the worried look. I don’t answer immediately, because I don’t know how to start.

“I’m divorcing Lauren,” I eventually say making Lindsay gasps.

“Oh my god, I’m so sorry, Edward,” she apologize. “I didn’t know.”

I shake my head.  “You couldn’t have known,” I tell her. “I made the decision a few days ago.”

“What did you need me for?”

“Well…” I start.

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