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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15. Chapter fourteen: Taking small steps

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

Mystery person’s POV

I stand in front of the prison building. I sigh. I can’t believe the bitch was so stupid to get herself get caught.

I walk inside and tell the guard who I wanted to visit. He looks surprised after hearing the name. I give him my fake ID and just smile at him. I know that the girl never had one visitor since the time she was put in prison, but I don’t care.

“You can go in now, sir,” the guard tells me.

“Thank you.” I walk through the metal detector and through the gates to the visitor’s room.

“Third window,” another guard tells me, and I just nod and walk to the window. I sit down and wait for the girl to arrive.

“What are you doing here?” she asks surprised. “I thought you were dead!”

“Oh, they think I’m dead, but I’m certainly alive.”

“You cannot be here. What if they found out?”

“It’s your fault,” I say. “If you weren’t stupid to let yourself get caught with the drugs then you wouldn’t be in here.”

“Oh now it’s my fault. If you hadn’t left Washington State, the plan would never have failed!” she screams at me.

“If you had a little bit of patience in you then I would’ve moved back. Now I have to think of a new plan, because everything went wrong.”

“I’m sorry, okay?” She starts to cry. “If he hadn’t busted me with Seth, we would still be married.”

“Do you think?”

She looks up. “Yes, I think.”

“No, you would be as divorced as you are now.”

“That’s not true.”

“Listen to me, bitch. You had spent all your time with all of your lovers instead with your husband and daughter.”

She looks up and wipes away some tears.

“If you had done what I told you to do, nothing would have gone wrong. But no, you had to do things your way and where did it bring you? In prison, without your husband’s money or daddy dearest.”

“I’m sorry,” she whispers.

“It’s too late for excuses.” I look at my watch and see that I have to go. “I’m going now. I will come back in a few weeks and explain things to you.”

She nods and I stand up to leave.

“Remember, you don’t know me and my visitor’s name is Edward Cullen.”

She gasps and I leave the prison, while think about a new plan.

 

Edward’s POV

Looking at the screen in front of me, I’m trying to think what I want to do with the kids and Bella.

I’m pulled out of my concentration by knocking on my front door. I stand up, going to open the door.

“Alice,” I greet her, surprised. “What are you doing here?”

“Can your favorite sister not visit you?”

“You are my only sister, Alice.”

“So that makes me your favorite sister.” She smiles and walks passed me, moving to sit at the bar where my laptop stands.

“What are you doing here?”

“Like I told you, I’m here to visit you,” she answers while looking at my laptop. “Planning a day out with Savannah?”

I nod. “Yes, along with Nathan and Bella.”

The smile on my face is gigantic.

“You’re happy,” she states. “You were never this happy.”

“I know,” I say. “Bella and the kids make me really happy.”

“I’m happy for you.” She doesn’t sound as peppy as a few minutes ago.

“She still didn’t answer the friendship request?” I ask her. She shakes her head.

“I understand her reasoning, it’s just hard, and because I know she is so close to me.” I walk around the bar and give her a hug.

“Give her a little bit more time. She will talk to you, but at the moment she needs space.”

“Yeah, I know. I cannot push her. That’s the mistake I made a few years ago,” she explains. “Instead of bringing her closer, I pushed her further away.”

There is another knock on my door and when I open my smile is big, because it’s my favorite girl and her son. The smile disappears as quickly as it appears.

“You’re not happy to see us.”

“Yes, I’m happy to see you guys,” I answer. “I just didn’t expect you.”

“Well, I thought I’ve some free time, why don’t I pick up the kids and spend the rest of the day with you?”

“How did you know that I didn’t have class?”

“Because I know your schedule by heart.” She beams at me. I smile in return.

“Edward, who is it?” Alice’s voice sounds closer than expected and when she arrives at the front door, she stops. Bella looks over my shoulder and now understands why I’m so distant.

“Oh,” she mumbles.

“Bella,” Alice whispers. “How are you?”

“Hi,” Bella greets. “I’m fine, thanks!”

I look at Bella and see she’s very nervous.

“Alice, can you wait in the living room?” I ask her. She nods and walks back inside.

“I think I should talk to her,” Bella says. She’s still standing outside and Savannah and Nathan are behind her.

“Come in,” I tell them. “Savannah, go with Nathan to your room and play.” They nod and go upstairs to Savannah’s room.

Bella also steps inside, looking nervously at me. “Can you give me and Alice some privacy?”

I only nod and follow after the kids.

 

Isabella’s POV

Seeing Alice standing behind Edward, I realize that I have to confront my fears and talk to her. After I asked Edward to leave me and Alice alone, I walk inside the living room. She’s sitting on the sofa and looks up when I step in.

“Alice,” I say quietly.

“Where is Edward?” she asks.

“He went upstairs. I asked him to leave us alone.”

“Oh.”

“I wanted to apologize,” I say after a few moments. She looks up surprised.

“Why?”

“Because I threw you out a few years ago.”

“No, I have to apologize,” she says. “I shouldn’t have pushed you.”

I sit down and look at her.

“I missed you so much.” She goes further in her story. “When you never called back or answered my mails, I became worried. I even told Jasper to hold off the wedding until we found you. We never found you, until Jasper’s dad contacted my Dad. Jasper heard your name in one of their conversations and told me. We decided to look in their files and eventually found your address.”

“You know you invaded my privacy by doing that,” I state.

She nods. “I wanted to find you and when you saw us, you looked so happy,” she says. “So I knew I did the right thing, but then your mood changed and you threw us out.”

“I had my reasons, Alice,” I explain. “I’m not ready to tell you, yet, but I will tell you, one day.”

“I know and I will not push you.” I can see she has tears in her eyes. “I’ve done that enough. I lost too much because of my pushing.”

I stand up and go to sit next her. “You lost nothing, Alice.”

“I almost did, Bella, I almost did.”

“You didn’t.”

“If I hadn’t pushed Edward.”

I hug her very close.

“I pushed him away and I lost two years of Savannah’s life. I’m a bad aunt.”

“You’re not a bad aunt,” I tell her. “You’re an amazing aunt—you just looked after your big brother.”

She smiles weakly and hugs me back.

“How is your fiancé?” I ask her eventually.

“We married two summers ago.” She smiles. “We decided to set a date after we saw you.”

“Hey, don’t worry about it. It’s my fault I couldn’t be there,” I console her. “If you renew your vows, I’ll be there.”

She smiles. “You are obligated to come to my second wedding with Jasper, because you will be my maid of honor.”

I give her a big hug. “I’m sorry, Alice. It took some time to talk to you.”

“I’m glad you finally did and I’ll be here when you are ready to tell your story.” She looks into my eyes and it is almost like she knows that there is more to my story.

“Mommy,” Nathan calls and runs into the living room. “Eddie is going to take us to the zoo.” I look up to see Edward standing in the door grinning at me.

“Edward?”

“Oh, come on. A day at the zoo, with me, Savannah and Nathan. You cannot say no to that.”

I smile at him and shake my head. “I cannot say no to that and you know it!”

“Yes!” I look to see where that sound comes from and see Savannah standing a few steps behind Nathan. She is just like Nathan and Edward, smiling big. “And I think if I had said ‘No’ that two people would have convinced me otherwise.”

“It looks I’m not needed here,” Alice says and she stands up. “Bella, we should call each other someday and meet.”

“Yeah, I know, Alice,” I tell her. “I will call you.”

She nods and gives me a kiss on my cheeks. She kisses Edward cheeks and then says goodbye to the kids. When she’s gone, the kids ask if they can see a movie. We help them putting one on and then go to the kitchen and sit at the bar.

“Did you two talk?” Edward asks while pouring some wine in two glasses. I nod and give him a smile.

“You know, you were right. She’s forgiving, but she didn’t jump me like you said.”

I shrug. “She’s acting weird. She posted something on Facebook, but never explained it.”

“Well, she will tell you when she thinks it’s time.” I smile.

“I know that, but I’m just curious.”

I laugh and drink my wine.

“You know curiosity killed the cat!”

 

Edward’s POV

I have to laugh with that statement. I look into her eyes and I can see that she feels better after the talk with Alice.

“Can I use your laptop?” she asks suddenly.

I nod and push the laptop towards her. She starts typing away and suddenly smiles.

“What are you doing?”

“Accepting someone’s request,” she simply answers.

I go to stand behind her and look over her shoulder. I smile when she opens the friend request and accepts it.

“I’m so proud of you,” I whisper in her ear.

“I want my best friend back, and I know this is the only way,” she explains.

“It’s not the only way,” I tell her.

“I know, but it’s a start.”

“It’s definitely a start.”

She goes to the friends requests. I discover Alice’s request is not the only one, but Rose and Emmett also sent her requests.

“What about the others?” I ask her. She looks at me and I can see that she is unsure about it.

“I don’t know.”

“If you want my opinion, I don’t think they are going to judge you,” I tell her. “I think they just miss you.”

She looks at the screen for a few seconds and then accepts the requests. Afterwards she goes to Rose’s profile first. She smiles when she sees all the information.

“I remember the day when I sent her to follow Emmett and now she’s engaged with him,” she says. “I missed so much.”

“It’s okay. They aren’t married yet, so you can go to their wedding.”

She smiles at me and then looks through the pictures. My phone rings and I answer it without looking at the screen.

“Hello,” I greet the person at the other side of the line.

“Edward, son,” Mom greets me. “Are you coming for lunch today?”

“Oh,” I say. “Sorry, Mom, I totally forgot about it. I have a visitor.”

“Bring them with you,” she says.

I look at Bella who is still scrolling through Rose’s pictures.

“I don’t know if it’s a good idea. She’s…” I stop talking and take deep breath.

“She?” Mom questions. “Do you have a girlfriend?”

“Uhm… I don’t know if that’s a good idea!” I look at Bella and she gives me a beautiful smile.

“What?” she mouths.

“One moment, Mom.” I put my hand on the speaker. “My mom, inviting us for lunch.”

“Oh.” Bella looks away and I sigh.

“Mom, can I have lunch with you tomorrow? I ask back into phone.

“Edward, son,” she starts. “It’s okay, but I so wanted to see you today. It’s been a long time since I saw you last.”

“I know Mom, I know!”

Bella takes the phone from my hands.

“Mrs. Cullen,” she says into the phone. “Yes, it’s Bella Swan.”

I hear some mumbled words, but don’t understand them, but I can predict what my Mom is saying to Bella. First of all, she’s going to tell Bella that Mrs. Cullen is her mother-in-law and that she’s a witch. Second, she will ask if it is the same Bella Swan who was friends with Alice.

“Yes, Alice’s friend.”

See, I’m very right.

“Of course, Edward and I will be there. Savannah also. Is it okay to bring my son?”

I hear my Mom answer and then Bella looks at me with a big smile. “We will be there in half an hour. See you later, Esme.” She hangs up and gives me back my phone.

“What was that?” I ask her.

“If I’m going to reconnect with Alice, then I better reconnect with the whole family. Don’t forget that we are now dating.”

I love to hear her saying such things.

“Okay, you told Mom that we will be there in half an hour, so that gives us some time to do this.” I walk up to her take her face into my hands and give her a passionate kiss. Her response comes very quickly. Her hands go to the nape of my hair and she pushes her tongue into my mouth. We both forget very quickly were we are, until two very little cockblockers remind us.

“Mom,” Nathan calls.

“Dad,” Savannah calls at the same moment. We jump up and look at them and they are smiling at us.

“Yes,” we both say.

“Can we go to the park?” Savannah asks.

“Oh, we’d like that, sweetheart,” I start to explain. “But Grandma called me to ask us for lunch.”

“But I want to play with Nathan.” Savannah pouts. She crosses her arms over her chest.

“Yes, Mommy,” Nathan follows Savannah’s lead. “I want to play with Savannah.”

“Oh, don’t worry.” Bella smiles. “Savannah’s grandma invited us too, Nathan.”

“So you can still play with each other,” I finish the explanation.

We start to get ready and then go to my car. I’m very curious as how the day will go, because if I know my family and I know them very well they will ambush both Bella and me.

I start the car and back out the driveway. I take Bella’s hand and smile at her. I’m very right. This will be one interesting afternoon.

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