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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17. Chapter sixteen: Leaving?!

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 reread the text before sending it to Edward. The conversation with my son is still ringing in my head.

-Flashback-

“Mommy,” Nathan whispers. I’m tucking him in, before reading his story.

“Yes, Nathan?” I answer.

“Where is Daddy?” I drop the book I had in my hand and turn to look at him. What I see in the look in his eyes I cannot stop myself from hugging him. I run to him and take him in my arms.

“Oh, my sweet boy,” I say. “I’m so sorry, but daddy won’t come back home.”

I pull him back and look him in the eyes. He still looks so sad.

“I want a daddy,” he cries.

“I know, Sweetie.” I don’t know what to do with this situation. “I can’t help you with that.”

“Can Edward be my Daddy?”

I look shocked at my son. Did he just ask that question?

“Why-” I can’t finish the question.

“He looks like an amazing Daddy and Savannah says that he always makes time for her.” The words comes out of his mind and it is like he has already made up his mind.

“Sweetie, your request is rather difficult to complete,” I tell him.

“No, it’s not,” he says with certainty in his voice.

“And why is that?” I ask him.

“Because if Edward becomes my Daddy, you’ll become Savannah’s Mommy.”

It looks like the two of them already discussed this with each other.

-End of Flashback-

The conversation with Nathan went on, but eventually he fell asleep.

I’m standing in his bedroom door watching him sleep. Edward and I have to talk about the consequences of our relationship and fast.

I look outside the window waiting for a text back. The front door buzzer blares and I walk to answer. I take the phone with me.

“Yes?” I ask through the speaker.

“It’s me,” I hear Tanya’s voice call out. I buzz the door open and wait a few minutes before opening my apartment door.

“Hi,” I greet while opening the door. Tanya is smiling big and rushes inside. “Shouldn’t you be with your date?”

“Oh, there was an emergency at the hospital.”

“And then you thought you could visit me at…” I look at my watch. “Two o’clock in the morning.”

“I drove by and saw that the lights were still on,” she says. “Is something wrong?”

“You should be at home waiting for the love of your life,” I say ignoring her question.

“Lisa can wait for me,” she tells me. “She knows that you're my best friend.”

It’s still weird to hear Tanya talk about her girlfriend. I still remember the day I met her.

-Flashback-

Tanya called me a few minutes ago to tell me she’s on her way with her date. I’m happy for her. It’s time that she thinks about the future, although I’m curious to who the guy is. I just put Nathan to bed and now I’m looking through the window. The front door buzzer blares and without asking who is there, I push the button. A few minutes later there is a knock on the door. I walk to the door and open it, to see a smiling Tanya standing in front of me.

“Hi, Tan,” I greet her. I look behind her, but don’t see her date. “Where is your date?”

“Oh, hi Bella.” Her smile disappears and she looks shy.

“Tan, what’s wrong?” I ask her. “Did the guy stood you up?”

“Uh...” She looks surprised.

“Your date, did he stand you up!?”

“Oh.” She looks away and then back at me. “About that.”

“What’s wrong, Tan?”

“Nothing’s wrong,” she answers. “It’s just…” I can see that she is hesitating to tell me something.

“You can tell me,” I prod her.

“It’s just that I didn’t tell you the whole truth.”

“What truth?”

“About my date.”

“Tan, I really cannot follow you.”

She takes her phone out and pushes some buttons.

“You will see,” she says afterward. I don’t understand anything from what is happening.

“If you don’t…” My sentence is interrupted by the ‘ding’ of the elevator. I look up and watch a girl walking into the hallway. I want to finish my sentence when she speaks.

“Tan, Babe,” she says. “Why did you make me wait for so long?” She halts her steps and puts her arms around Tanya.

“I’m sorry,” Tanya whispers. “I’m trying to get the guts to tell my best friend the truth, but it’s not really working.”

The girl looks at me then gives me the once over. “Oh, I see what you mean.”

“Were you checking her out?” Tanya asks the girl.

“You said she was very beautiful,” she answers. “I just had to see if it was true.”

“And?”

“Can somebody finally explain to me what is going on?” I interrupt the two.

“Oh, I’m sorry.” The girl reaches her hand out. “My name is Lisa Wenthworth, nice to meet you.”

“Nice to meet you, too. Who are you exactly?”

“I’m Tanya’s girlfriend.”

I gasp and then look at Tanya who looks scared. I’m shocked she never told me that’s she is into girls. I’m her best friend.  She should know that I’m not one to judge her. I will accept her like she is.

“Why didn’t you tell me?” I question Tanya.

“I was afraid you wouldn’t want me as your friend,” she answers.

“That’s bullshit and you know it.”

“See, I told you,” Lisa says as she looks at me. “I told her she just had to tell you, but she didn’t listen.”

I smile. “Yeah, Tan is really stubborn sometimes.”

“Well, we have to go,” Lisa says. “I’ve made some reservations.”

“Okay.” I hug Tanya and Lisa. “Have fun tonight and call me tomorrow, Tan!”

-End of Flashback-

She called me the next day and told me everything about Lisa. I also had lunch with the girl and it was fun. Lisa became a really good friend of mine fast.

“But, enough about me, why are you still awake?” Tanya puts me out of my thoughts.

I sigh and look at her. “Come in.”

 

Edward’s POV

My mind is spinning. The text message from Bella doesn’t help my fear of talking with her. If she pushes me away, I’ll have to start all over again to conquer her heart.

I didn’t sleep much last night, but now that I’m awake, I’m trying to think of what to send back to Bella. I never answered her message, because I didn’t know what to say. Yes, we had to talk, but I know that the subject is going to be very sensitive.

“Daddy.”

I look up to see Savannah standing in the room.  “Hi, Princess!” I pick her up. “Did you have a good night sleep?”

She nods. “Did you talk with Bella?”

I sigh and put her back on the ground. “Sweetie, it’s not that easy.”

“You don’t want her to be my mommy!” She yells. She starts hitting my leg. “I want Bella!”

I try to grab her little hands, but she’s fast.

“Savannah,” I warn my daughter. “Stop hitting me.”

“No, no, no… I want Bella!” she screams. “I want Mommy!”

I pick Savannah up and cuddle her close.

“Please, Sweetheart,” I whisper. I walk to the couch and sit down.

“I want my Mommy.”

I let Savannah cry in my arms. Her breathing evens out and I know she’s back asleep. I lay her on the couch next to me and take my cell phone out. I type a message and reread it before sending it.

RL

I’m sitting in the kitchen and I can see the couch where Savannah is sleeping. She hasn’t woken up after her tantrum. The doorbell rings and I stand up to open the door.

Bella is standing all alone, looking at me without any emotion.

“When were you going to answer my message?” she questions me.

“I’m sorry, I had a lot on my plate.”

“A lot on your plate!?” she yells. “Our kids are talking about having us as their parents and you think you are the only one who has a lot on their plate?”

“Calm down, Bella,” I tell her.

“Calm down!” She wants to hit me, but I stop her.

What is it with women wanting to hit me?

“You have to calm down, Baby,” I repeat.

“Don’t call me baby.”

I know that she is upset, because she always loved the nickname.

“Look, Savannah told me what she wanted and it got me thinking.”

“Oh, it got you thinking,” she says sweetly, too sweetly. “Do you know what you had to do instead of thinking?”

I shake my head no.

“YOU HAD TO CALL ME!!” she screams.

“Daddy,” Savannah whispers from the living room. I walk into the room and kneel down. I can see she’s crying.

“Shh, everything will be all right.”

“Is Bella mad at you?”

“That’s something between big people, Sweetie,” I answer. “Go back to sleep.”

I walk back to the front door and see the guilty look on Bella’s face. “I woke her.”

“It seems so,” I say coolly. I don’t know what to do anymore. If she’s mad at me, because I want my daughter happy, then so be it. I know that my instinct to try to solve this on my own is maybe wrong, but I didn’t want to hurt her. This is exactly what happened right now. I hurt the girl I love.

Love?

The more I think about it, the more I realize it’s the truth. I love Isabella Swan! I understand it’s way too soon to say those words to Bella, but there will be a moment that I can say that to her.

“I’m sorry,” Bella whispers. The sound of her voice pulls me out of my thoughts.

“You don’t have to be sorry,” I say. “It’s a normal reaction.”

“I’ve woken Savannah.”

“And she will fall back asleep,” I tell her. “She had a tantrum earlier.”

“A tantrum?”

“I told her that it wasn’t easy to fulfill her wishes.”

A car stops before my house and Alice steps out of it. She walks up to the door and smiles at Bella.

“Hi, Bella,” she greets her.

“Hi, Al.”

“Edward, you texted me,” Alice states.

“Can you babysit Savannah?” I ask my sister. She nods and walks inside. I look at Bella and step next to her outside my house.

“Where are you going?” Bella asks.

We are going to talk.” I stress the word ‘we’.

“Oh.” She follows me away from the house. I walk down the driveway but she stops shortly. “Aren’t we going to take a car?”

I shake my head and walk further away. She follows me and finally keeps up with my steps.

“I understand your anger.” I finally start talking.

“I’m not angry,” she whispers. She takes a breath. “Just shocked that our kids are so…” Bella stops talking.

“Smart?” I look at her with a wonder in my eyes, and she nods. “They’re indeed smart for a four and six year old.”

“They want us to be their parents … together,” she notes.

“I know, Bella,” I say annoyed. “But…” I halt my steps.

“But what?” Bella moves to stand in front of me and looks me in the eyes. “But what, Edward?”

“It isn’t the first time that Savannah has said this to me.”

“Are you kidding me?!” Bella exclaims.

“The first time she asked, I could avert the problem,” I tell her. “I told her that her mom couldn’t be here and she didn’t question me anymore.”

“Until last night.”

“Until last night,” I repeat.

“What are we going to do?” Bella asks.

“I honestly don’t know,” I reply. “The only thing I know is I want to give us a shot.”

“We are going far too fast, Edward,” Bella argues. “We have to slow down.”

“What do you call slow down?” I question her.

Bella looks away and I take her chin in my hand and make her look into my eyes.

“What do you want, Bella?”

“I think it is best that we…” Bella takes a deep breath. “I think it’s best that we don’t date anymore.”

Her hands go to her face and she wipes away some tears.

“You are not serious,” I say. I reach out my hands to her cheek. “Please, Bella, tell me that isn’t what you meant?”

“I can’t Edward,” she responds. “I really can’t.”

 

Bella’s POV

I walk away from him, back to my car. It was hard to say those words, but they were needed. I wipe away the tears that were falling. I step into my car and drive home thinking about what I have talked about with Tanya.

-Flashback-

“Come in,” I tell Tanya. She walks in and goes immediately to the living room.

“What happened, girl?” she asks.

“Nathan wants Edward to be his father.” Tanya starts to squeal, but stops when she sees my face.

“Why aren’t you happy?” she asks. “Your son accepts Edward.”

I look at her as if she has two heads.

“Come on, Bella,” she says. “A kid who accepts a boyfriend, who doesn’t dream of that?”

“I’m not dreaming of that. It’s way too soon,” I argue. “We've only went on a few dates.”

“You've been dating for a couple of months,” Tanya emphasizes. “You’re only counting the dates with him alone, but what about the countless trips you did with the kids.”

“You can’t call them dates.”

“They are also dates, Bella,” Tanya indicates.

“No,” I deny. Tanya sighs and only shrugs.

“Believe what you want to believe, Bella,” she says. “If I were you I would talk to Edward.”

“I can’t talk to him, if he’s ignoring me!” I snap.

“Whoa!” Tanya pulls back. “Don’t attack me, I’m just trying to help you.”

“I know, but he hasn’t answered my text.”

“ Maybe he’s busy,” Tanya reasons. She gives me a hug. “I’m sure he isn’t knowingly ignoring you.”

“Maybe, but I’m scared,” I tell her.

“You don’t have to be.” Tanya looks at her watch. “I’m going home. It’s late and I’m tired.”

She stands up and walks to the front door. I follow her and say goodbye. “See you later.”

I close the door behind her and take one last look at my cell before going to bed.

-End of Flashback-

When I arrive at my apartment complex, I send Tanya a text. Afterward, I walk inside the building and up to my apartment.

I step inside, lay down on my couch, and let my tears finally fall. I have to protect my son.

Edward’s POV

I’m standing on the street watching Bella leave. I can’t believe my ears.

I really can’t. The words keep repeating in my head. I don’t know how long I am standing there, but I finally let my hand fall down.

“Edward,” Alice calls out. I don’t how, but I finally wander back to the house. I ignore Alice who is standing in the doorway and I pass her to go into the house. I immediately go up the stairs.

“Daddy.” That voice makes me freeze. I turn around to see my daughter standing, looking worriedly at me. “Where is Bella?”

I don’t know what to say. I go back down and squat to Savannah’s level. “She went home.”

“Why?”

“I don’t know, Sweetheart.”

“Mom is on her way,” Alice says. I look questioningly at her. “Maybe you want to talk without Savannah in the neighborhood.”

RL

Mom has picked up Savannah and is going to the playground.

“What happened outside?” Alice asks.

“I really don’t know, Aly.” She gives me a hug. “She says she can’t go further in our relationship.”

“Why would she say that?”

“The kids confronted us,” I explain. “They want us to be their parents. Savannah wants Bella as a Mom and Nathan wants me as a Dad.”

“Oh.” Alice can’t say much more, because she’s shocked.

“Bella thinks we are going too fast,” I explain.

“How long have you been dating?”

“A couple of months.”

“How many dates is that?”

“Bella and I went on three dates alone and with the kids we’ve been on countless excursions,” I answer.

“Why would she say that you are going too fast?”

I shrug and lay my head on the couch. “I really don’t know, Alice.”

“Are you letting her go?”

I shrug again. Suddenly my head starts to hurt.

“Ouch!” I yell.

“I have kept my mouth for too long, but this time you are going to take matters in your own hands.”

“What can I do, Aly?” I ask. “She doesn’t want to see me.”

“Well, you can romance her.”

I start to smile and a plan is already forming in my head. I stand up and go fetch my laptop hoping I can find something on the internet to help me.

I’m going to woo the most beautiful girl in the world.

 

Mystery person’s POV

I look at the scene in front of me. I cannot help but smile. Finally, she leaves him. My cell rings and I pick it up without looking at the caller ID.

“Hello.”

“Mr. Cullen,” the caller greets me. I chuckle wondering how naive people can be. “I’m Dr. House. Your lawyer asked us to call you when Ms. Mallory woke up.”

“Yes,” I reply curtly.

“Well, she woke up about an hour ago.”

“Can I visit her?”

“You have to arrange that with the judge.”

“Okay, thank you.” I hang up without waiting for an answer. I start dialing my lawyer’s number and wait for his response.

“Sir,” Mr. Matthews greets me.

“Mr. Matthews can you arrange a meeting for me to visit Ms. Mallory in the hospital?”

There is a silence at the other side of the line.

“Mr. Matthews,” I grunt.

“I can, Sir.”

“Okay, let me know when I can visit her.” Once again I hang up without waiting for a response and look outside. The guy is standing looking stunned with his hand out in the air. I smile smugly before starting my car.

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