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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16. Chapter fifteen: Returning to old friends

Edward’s age: 24 years old – Savannah’s age: 6 years old
Bella’s age: 24 years – Nathan’s age: 4 years old

Bella’s POV

I step out the car and look at the house, I last saw almost six years ago.

“Are you ready?” Edward asks me. I just nod and help the kids out of the car. “I hope you realize that you will be attacked from the moment you step inside.”

I smile at him and nod. I suspect that not only Edward’s parents will be there, but also Alice, Rosalie, and their significant others.

“Mommy, can we go inside?” Nathan asks me. I look at Edward and he nods. He lets go of Savannah and she takes Nathan’s hand. They walk up the stairs and knock on the door. Several seconds later the door opens and I see Esme standing in the opening. She crouches down.

“Oh my, Savannah,” she says. “You look so beautiful.” Savannah hugs Esme and then takes Nathans hand.

“Nanna, this is my best friend, Nathan,” she tells her.

“Hi, Nathan.”

“Hi, Ma’am,” he greets back.

“Oh, you can call me Esme or even Nanna.”

I smile at the way Esme accepts my son. She stands back up and looks down the stairs, where Edward and I are standing.

“Oh my,” she gasps. “You look as beautiful as ever. Motherhood suits you.” She steps down and hugs me.

“Hi, Esme.” I hug her back. It feels good to be in her arms again. “Long time, no see.”

“Yeah, and if you do that again,” she starts while pulling me back. “I’m going to show you some mother’s wrath.” I laugh and hug her again.

“I’m sorry,” I whisper. “I’m really sorry.”

“I’m not the one you should apologize to.” I look into her eyes and try to decipher what see means. She lets me go and heads back to the front door.

“Are you okay?” Edward asks.

I wipe away some tears that I didn’t know were falling.

“Yeah,” I tell him. “I’m just emotional.”

“You don’t have to cry.”

“These are happy tears, Edward,” I explain to him. “I’m so glad to see your mother again.”

“She’s just as happy to see you.” He rests his hand on my back. “Come, let’s get inside. I have to greet my mother, who openly ignored me.”

I start to laugh and step inside the beautiful house. I can’t shake off the feeling that I am being watch.

I turn around, but I don’t see anything. I sigh and follow Edward inside the family room. I stop walking when I see my best friend sitting next to another friend of mine. Both I haven't seen since my wedding.

“Bells?” he calls questioningly. I don’t know why it sounded as a question, but the only thing I can do is nod. The guy stands up, takes me in a hug and circles me around.

“Dizzy spell, Emmy Bear.”

“Oh, I’m sorry Bellsie.” He puts me down and looks at me. “You look great.”

“Thanks,” I say. “You didn’t change one bit.”

“You neither,” he says. I look at the girl next to him and smile.

“Hi, Rose.”

“Bella,” she says. Tears are forming in my eyes and I look over my shoulders to see Edward standing in the doorway. He’s watching the scene in front of me.

“Where are the kids?” I finally ask when I don’t see them in the room.

“In Savannah’s playroom,” Esme answers. “I thought maybe that you could use some time to talk to everyone.”

I nod and look back at Rose.

“I’m sorry, Rose,” I tell her. “I’m really sorry.”

“Why?” she asks with a shaky voice. “Why did you ignore us for almost three years?”

I shake my head. “It’s a long and painful story, Rose.”

“We have time.”

“Maybe another time, when the kids aren’t here.” She only nods her head. I hear the front door open and closing.

“Mom, Dad!” a girl’s voice calls. “We are here.”

The voice is so familiar that a smile appears automatically on my face. I turn around to see Alice walk into the family room. She halts her steps when she notices me.

“Bella,” she whispers. Before I can say anything to her, she runs at me and jumps on me. I open my arms to catch her. “I missed you!”

“I missed you too, Al,” I whisper. “Very much.”

Jasper stands behind her and gives me a smile. “Hello, Bella.”

“Hi, Jasper,” I greet back. “I’m glad to see you again.”

“Good to see you again.” Jasper stresses the “you” part.

I look around the room and I realize that I missed these people. I’m finally back to where I belong.

RL

The lunch goes by very fast and before I realize it, Edward and I are riding back to my house.

“Are you happy?” Edward asks me. I look at him and smile.

“Yes,” I answer. “I’m glad I finally took the step.”

“You know,” he starts. “There will be a time where you have to tell them the truth about Paul.”

My smile disappears and I look outside the window. “I know.”

“They will not judge you, Bella,” he tells me. “They will understand your reasons for leaving and not contacting them.”

“You don’t know that, Edward.” I look over my shoulders at the kids who are sleeping soundly. They had played the whole afternoon in the playroom and in the garden.

“I fear sometimes that people will judge me.”

“Why do you fear that?” Edward asks.

“I put my son in danger for almost a year.”

“You thought you loved Paul,” Edward says.

“I did love him, Edward,” I tell. “I loved him for a long time. Even after the first hit.”

“I know,” Edward says while he parks the car. “I really know that.”

“Do you?” I ask him.

“Yeah.” He looks away and then back at me. “I had the same feelings for Lauren.”

I look at him, but don’t say anything.

“Even after the fact that she ignored our daughter, I couldn’t let her go.” He looks back outside. “I was going to break up with her after graduation.”

I am not surprised of his confession, because Alice had enlightened me with the story, before I left town.

“I know.”

He looks at me with a shocked expression. “You know?”

“Alice found your letter from Julliard,” I explain to him. “She was convinced that you would choose your dream over Lauren.”

“She always knew me best.”

It becomes silent in the car, except for the sounds of our breathing.

“Maybe we should go inside,” I say after a few minutes. Edward nods and opens his door. I follow his lead and step out. I close the door and open the backseat door. I loosen the seatbelt from Nathan and take him out of the car. On the other side, Edward is doing the same with Savannah.

“You have to trust our family, Bella,” he eventually says. “They are not going to hurt you.”

I sigh and close the door. “It’s not that I don’t trust them.”

“Then why wouldn’t you tell Rose the reason of why you ignored them?” He slams the door shut. “And don’t forget the fact that Alice’s Facebook friend request was sent ages ago and you’ve ignored it.”

“Why can’t you understand my fear that they will look at me differently?” I whisper yelled, as I turn around and walk to the front door, taking my keys and opening the door.

“What do you mean?” Edward asks. “How will they look at you?”

I ignore his question and walk up to the elevator. I push the button and wait for the doors to open I feel Edward standing next to me.

“If I tell them my story they will pity me.”

“That’s not true,” Edward tells me. “They will find it sad, but they will not pity you.”

“You don’t know people, Edward.”

“And you do?”

“Yes, because when I told Tan, she pitied me,” I tell him.

“That’s just one person.”

“When I told my parents, they pitied me,” I add. “And even you pitied me.”

“That’s not true,” he defends himself.

“You did, Edward,” I say. The elevator arrives and I step in. Edward follows me and I push the button to my floor.

“It wasn’t my intention to pity you.”

“Maybe not, but it’s an emotion that comes automatically when someone hears the story.” The elevator arrives at my floor and we step out. We walk to my apartment door and I open it.

“Can we stay over?” he asks me.

I nod and walk to Nathan’s room. I lay him down and change him into his pajamas. Then I put him in his bed and give him a night kiss.

“I will show you the guest room.” I walk outside Nathan’s room and close the door. The guest room is next to Nathan’s room and I open it for Edward. He lays Savannah down and takes off her pants and sweater. He kisses her forehead and tucks her in. He whispers something and then leaves the room. We walk to the front room and I sit down on the sofa.

“I hate the pity I see in the eyes of others,” I say him. “It’s just like the only feeling they know. I hate it.”

“It’s not the only feeling, but it’s just a sad story and we love you. So yes, when we hear such a story we are worried for you.”

“I know, Edward,” I tell him.  “I really know.”

“Let’s stop talking about such a heavy subject and let’s do something else.” He sits down next me and lays his arm behind me. He sweetly kisses my lips.

“Let’s watch a movie,” I propose. He nods and stands up to put a movie in the player. After a couple minutes the first scene of my favorite movie, ‘The Notebook’ starts playing.

 

Edward’s POV

Thirty minutes in the movie, Bella falls asleep. I’m tired too and I decide to stop the movie and go to bed. The heavy talk of this evening still rings in my head. I understand Bella, but I think she has to talk to someone other than me, maybe a psychologist.

I didn’t dare to suggest that, afraid for her reaction, but I think it’s the best thing she can do. I pick her up and carry her to the bedroom. I take off my clothes and lie down next to her. I didn’t want to embarrass her by changing her clothes, even if I knew that it must be uncomfortable sleeping in jeans.

I lay down with her and look at her. She looks so beautiful when she’s asleep. I don’t know how long I just watch her, but sleep soon takes me.

RL

In the morning I wake up from some whispering and laughing. I open my eyes to see Savannah and Nathan sitting at the end of the bed.

“Good morning, Daddy,” Savannah greets me.

“Good morning, Edward,” Nathan follows her lead.

“Good morning, kids.” I look to my side to see it empty. “Where is Bella?”

“She’s cooking.” My daughter smiles. I decide to get out of bed. The kids jump off the bed and run out of the room. I put on my jeans and shirt and walk to the kitchen.

“Good morning,” my angel greets me. I walk to her and kiss her lips. The kids applaud and I have to smile. They take the fact that we are dating very well.

“Good morning to you, too.”

She puts breakfast before the kids and then takes our plates and sits down.

“What are the plans for today?”

“What do you think of a day at the zoo?” I ask her. The kids squeal and Bella rolls her eyes.

“I guess that’s your answer,” she replies. I laugh and kiss her sweetly.

“A day at the zoo it is.”

RL

Savannah and Nathan are running around in the zoo, like they haven’t seen it before.

“They love it here,” Bella notes.

“Yeah, Savannah asks me every month to come to the zoo.” I smile. “She loves it here. If she could, she would come live here.”

“I can see it.”

“Daddy!” Savannah yells. “Look at the penguins.”

We follow her and look at the room where the penguins are living. Penguins are Savannah’s favorite animals.

“What do we have to see?” Bella asks my daughter.

“Don’t you see how beautiful they are?” she asks in a duh-voice.

“Oh.” Bella smiles and looks at the penguins. “Yes, indeed. They are very beautiful.”  She looks at me with a questioning look in her eyes.

“Penguins are her favorite animals,” I whisper to her. She gives me a nod to let me know that she understands and looks back at the kids.

I love the way she acts so motherly with both of them.  She loves Savannah like her own. Nathan looks bored, while we are standing in front of the penguins’ home.

“Nathan,” I call. “What are your favorite animals?”

He looks up and starts to smile really big. “Lions.”

“Why? “ I ask him.

“They are the kings of the jungle,” he replies proudly. I smile at him and pick him up.

“I promise you that we will go there next, but Savannah loves penguins so we had to visit them,” I explain. He only nods.

“I can wait,” he says. “I’m a big boy.”

Bella laughs and takes Savannah’s hand.  “Why don’t we have lunch first?”

The kids scream loudly and because Nathan is in my arms, he screams in my ear.

“Oh, Nathan,” I reprimand him. “Don’t scream in my ear.” He pouts and nods slightly, but he stops with the screaming.

“Let’s find some place to eat,” Bella says. We walk around the zoo and find a restaurant where you can order some burgers, but also some meals for the kids. When we have ordered we look for a table and sit down. Bella helps Nathan with is meal, while I help Savannah. Afterward, we walk to the playground of the zoo. The kids run to the slide.

“I want to take you on another date,” I tell her. She looks at me and her eyes are sparkling from happiness.

“You do?” she questions me.

“Yes, I do.” I take her hand and turn her to me. “I like you very much, Isabella Swan.”

“I like you too, Edward Cullen.” She comes closer and kisses my lips very soft. “And I would love to go on a date with you.”

I kiss her back.

“Mommy,” Nathan calls. I let her go and Bella looks at her son. “Are we going to see the lions?”

We laugh and nod. Nathan jumps up and down and runs back to Savannah. They come back hand in hand and stop in front of us.

“Let’s go,” I tell them.

The kids are running in front of us and I take Bella’s hand.

“I will let you know when our date is,” I tell her. “So you can look for someone to babysit Nathan.”

“Maybe your Mom wants to babysit Savannah and Nathan,” she proposes.

“That’s a great idea.” I smile. “I will call her later today.” We arrive at the lions’ den and both kids are impressed with the animals.

“You’re right, Nathan,” Savannah says. “They’re big!”

After a couple of minutes we visit the monkeys, the amphibians, the giraffes, and all the other animals. Before we go home, we buy the kids stuffed animals, a penguin for Savannah and a lion for Nathan.

The walk to my car is short and we all get in. Bella straps the kids in while I get in the driver’s seat.

RL

After I drop Bella and Nathan off, Savannah and I drive to our house. I’m already planning my next date with Bella.

“I want Bella as my Mommy,” Savannah suddenly whispers.

“What?” I look shocked at her through the rear mirror. “What are you saying, Sweetheart?”

“I want Bella to be my Mommy,” Savannah repeats, stressing every word.

“Why do you say something like that?”

“Nathan says that Mommies are very important to us,” she mumbles. “Is that true?”

I don’t know what to say, it touches my heart that my daughter says stuff like that, because she thinks the same as me. I want Bella to be my daughter’s mom and I want to be Nathan’s dad. I only think it would be far too fast for both of us. I’m even thinking about a future kid with Bella, but I never say my thoughts out loud, afraid that Bella will run away.

“Savannah, Sweetheart,” I start. “I know you miss your Mom, but that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t love you.” I know I just told a big fat lie, but I have to do something about Savannah’s wish.

“I don’t want that Mommy, I want Bella!” she screams. “Bella has to be my Mommy.”

I notice we have arrived home and I park the car. After shutting down the car I turn around. Savannah has big tears running down her cheeks. “Sweetie, that’s not easy.”

Savannah crosses her arms and glares at me. I get out of the car and open the back door. I loosen her seatbelt and take her out of her seat. I hug her closely to me and walk into the house. Savannah is still crying and I immediately take her to the bedroom.

“Bella is Nathan’s Mommy,” I whisper in her ear. “It will be impossible to be yours and his Mom.”

“Nathan can be my little brother!”

I sigh and put her in her bed. “Go to bed, Sweetheart.”

She blinks and shakes her head.

“Come on,” I say. “Tomorrow will be an early day.”

“I don’t want to sleep,” Savannah mumbles. “I want Mommy Bella.”

Tears were forming in my eyes. In all the years that Lauren was put in jail and out of my life, I never had so much trouble with my Princess. This is the first time she wants something that I can’t give her, at least not now.

“Soon,” I whisper. She gives me a small smile, but doesn’t close her eyes.

“Promise?” she asks.

“I can’t promise something like that,” I say. She starts to glare, but I react rather immediately without giving her the chance to react. “But I will always try.”

“Okay,” she says sleepily. I kiss her forehead and tell a bedtime story. A few seconds later she falls asleep and I leave her bedroom with a lot on my mind.

Savannah’s request puts a lot on my mind. If there is one thing that I have in common with Savannah, is that I want to form a family with Nathan and Bella. The only question I ask myself is the one that is the most important.

Will Bella and Nathan want the same?

I walk into the kitchen and take a beer from the fridge. I open the bottle and take one large gulp. My cell phone rings and I open it to see a message from Bella.

We have to talk. - B

 

Mystery person’s POV

My visit at the prison made me think about a new plan. I first started looking for my girl. She maybe doesn’t realize it, but she will always be mine. I look at the house she went into. It didn’t take long to find her and from now on, I’m going to follow her every step.

The man who is with her I know very well and he isn’t supposed to be with her. The kids look so beautiful. I can’t believe how grown up they are already.

My cell rings and I look at the screen.

I sigh and answer it. “Hello.”

“Sir,” my lawyer greets me. “We have a problem.”

“Mr. Matthews,” I start. “Don’t forget, I’m a lawyer myself...”

“Uh, I know, Sir.”

“Then you know that I can solve almost every problem.”

“I know this, Sir,” he says. “But this is a very big problem.”

“Tell me!” I order him.

“It’s about Miss Mallory.”

“What did she do now?” I ask him impatiently and without any emotion.

“It’s not about what she did, Sir,” he explains. “It’s about what happened to her.”

“What happened?” I become very curious and also let my lawyer know.

“She had some trouble with some of the inmates,” he answers. “She is in the hospital.”

Fuck. Why does that bitch always ruin my plans? “What the hell happened, Matthews?!” I yell into the phone.

“I-I-I d-don’t k-know the d-details, S-sir,” he stutters. “I only know that she hit her head.”

“I want you to talk to the guards,” I demand. “There has to be a reason. Nothing happens without it.”

“Uh, s-sure , b-but…”

“But what?” I interrupt him. “Are you her lawyer or not?”

“Y-yes, S-sir.”

“Then act like it.”

“O-okay.”

“I want the information at the end of week and not a moment later. Understand?!”

Without waiting for a response I hang up and look back at the house. The plan I thought of can finally set in. My kids and my girl will be finally mine.

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