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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14. Chapter thirteen: The date and confessions

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

Edward’s POV

I am lying in my bed thinking about the question Savannah asked me last night. Is Bella going to be my new Mommy? Why would she ask such a question? I close my eyes and sigh. The door of my bedroom creaks open and I look up to see my daughter walking in.

“Hi, Princess,” I greet her. “You’re awake early?”

She just climbs in my bed and cuddles with me. I find it strange, but I don’t say anything about it. I think back to last night.

Flashback

“Is Bella going to be my new Mommy?” she asks suddenly. I sit on her bed and look at her.

“Why do you ask that?”

“I saw you kiss Bella and I saw it once before, and that was when Mary’s dad kissed Mary’s mom.” I start to understand. Mary is one of Savannah’s friends and she plays a lot at their home. Of course she would see how it should have been.

“Bella and I are just great friends,” I tell my daughter.

“Why did you kiss?”

“Because we are really good friends,” I try to explain to her, without giving too much details. “It’s time to sleep. Should I tell you a story?”

“Please, Daddy,” she says yawning.

“Once upon a time, in a faraway country,” I start to say. Savannah’s eyes start to close and her breathing evens out. I tell the whole story and afterward I leave her bedroom silently.

End of Flashback

I start to realize that Bella may be right. The kids interpret things very differently than us. Last night’s kiss raised questions from Savannah. I should talk to Bella about that.

“Daddy,” Savannah whispers. I look at her as her head rests on my belly.

“Yes, Sweetheart?”

“Why does my Mommy not love me?” she asks. I sit straight up and pull Savannah to sit up on my knees.

I look at her perplexed, and I don’t answer her right away.

“She doesn’t live with us.”

“Oh, my Princess,” I whisper while I hug her. I can hear her cry and I start to realize how hard all those years without Lauren must have been on her. I don’t know how to explain things to her, because she is way too young to hear me tell her about Lauren not wanting her.

“Your mommy can’t be here,” I eventually tell her. It’s not a lie. Lauren is still in jail. Savannah looks at me with her puppy eyes. “It’s a story for another time, though.”

“I want to know,” she whines.

“Savannah,” I say sternly. “We have to get up.”

“I don’t want to.” She crosses her arms in front of her and she looks mad.

“Oh, so you don’t want to see Nathan,” I say indifferently. Savannah’s eyes immediately light up. “Or Bella.”

That did it. She jumps from the bed and runs out of the room. It’s weird to see that she’s became such fast friends with Bella and her son. I’m happy of course, because I’m going to pursue her. If I realized one thing last night, it’s the fact that I want to date Bella. I get up and walk down to the kitchen. I make some breakfast for Savannah and I also brew some coffee for me. I definitely need it.

There is a knock on the front door and I wonder who’s visiting so early. I walk to the door and open it to see my sister.

“Edward Anthony Cullen!” she screams. “When were you going to tell me that you and Bella have contact with each other?”

“First things first. Good morning,” I say, as I let her enter. “Secondly, it’s not my job to tell you that.”

“Oh no,” she says shocked. “Whose job is it then?”

“It’s not like you didn’t discover it, otherwise you wouldn’t be here yelling at me,” I state. I walk back into the kitchen and take two cups from the cabinet. I fill them with coffee and give one to my sister.

“That’s the thing,” she says a little bit calmer. “I had to discover it through your Facebook page that you are friends with her.”

I take a sip of my coffee and look at her. “Like I said, it’s not my job, Alice.”

“I understand what you mean,” she eventually admits. “But it’s hard when she ignores me; she’s even ignoring my friend request.”

“She isn’t ignoring it,” I murmur.

“How do you know?” she asks.

“Auntie Aly,” Savannah screams when she sees her aunt. I’m happy she interrupted us, because I don’t want to answer Alice’s question.

“Hi, Sweetheart,” Alice greets her niece. “How are you?”

“Super!” Savannah answers. “Daddy and I are going to see Bella and Nathan.” Alice looks up and raises an eyebrow questioningly at me. I just shake my head and Savannah comes to me.

“Savannah, here is your breakfast,” I tell her. “I’m going to get ready. Can you watch her, Alice?”

Alice just nods and I walk to my bathroom and take a shower. When I’m done I put some clothes on and go back downstairs. Alice is sitting at the bar and looks up when I walk in. Savannah eats the last bits of her breakfast and talks about different stuff.

“How long?” Alice asks.

“How long what?” I ask her.

“Don’t act stupid, Edward,” she says. “You know what I mean.”

“What do you mean?” I’m ignoring her questions, and I’m not going to answer them. I’m not going to break my promises to Bella.

“Savannah talks about Bella likes she’s known her, her whole life!” Alice shrieks.

“And why do you care?” I ask her. “The last time you told me about Bella you hated her.”

“I’ve never hated Bella,” Alice admits. “I was only hurt that she sent me away.”

“She had her reasons,” I tell her. “If you were pushing her, like you did with me, I understand why she pushed you away.”

“It was never my intention to push her, but I was just so glad that I finally found her,” she begins. “I had to see her so I decided to go to LA. When she opened the door she looked happy, but several minutes later her demeanor totally changed.”

“I know you were unhappy with the fact that she didn’t contact you anymore, but did you have to go and push yourself back into her life?” I ask her.

She shakes her head.  “Do you think she will ever forgive me?” she asks. I want to answer her, but Savannah decides she doesn’t want to be ignored anymore.

“When are we leaving, Daddy?”

“Soon, Princess,” I answer her, before I look back at Alice. “Let her decide, Alice. She has to do this at her own tempo, not yours.”

Alice only nods and I give her a hug. “It will be alright.”

“I know, Brother,” she whispers. “I know.”

We walk to the front door. “See you later, Alice,” I say to her. “Say goodbye to your Aunt.”

“Bye, Auntie Aly.” Savannah hugs Alice’s legs and then takes the coat that I have ready for her. Alice leaves the house and I put my jacket on. Savannah waits impatiently on me and I can see her glaring at me.

“Yes, we are going to leave, Sweetheart.” I smile.

“Finally,” she mumbles. We walk out to the car and when I open it, she immediately jumps in.

RL

Nathan and Savannah are running around the playground.

“Do you regret it?” Bella suddenly asks. I look at her with a questioning look. “The kiss.”

I sit closer to her and take her hands in mine. I look into her eyes and I can see that need to tell her as much as I can.  “I would never regret anything about the kiss.”

“Are you sure?” I can see she’s very uncertain about herself.

“Why don’t you believe me?” I ask her, still holding her hands.

She looks away, sighing.  “It’s a long story.”

“I have time,” I say while wiping away her tears that are falling. “Lots of time.”

“Our weddings were both built on lies,” she eventually says. “Lauren cheated on you.”

“Did Paul…” I couldn’t finish my question. She doesn’t show any emotion, but I can see in her eyes that something bad happened in her marriage.

“We were so happy and I always thought nothing could go wrong,” she starts. “I was so wrong.” She looks to the kids, who are still running around.

“Sometimes things change during a relationship,” I tell her while follow her eyes and smile at the way our kids are playing.  Did I just think OUR kids? Oh well, I like the sound of that.

“That may be true,” Bella says. I look back at her and I can see anger in her eyes. “I was blind.”

“For some things we want to close our eyes,” I mumble. “I can honestly say I closed my eyes many times.”

She looks at me and her anger is very visible. “I’m a stupid bitch.” She stands up and looks at me.

“Did you ever hit your wife?” she asks me. That question freezes me in shock. What is she saying? Did Paul hit her? No, I cannot believe it. I can see in her eyes she didn’t mean to ask that question, but she did.

“Bella, please,” I plead. “Talk to me.”

Bella starts to cry and I hug her close to me. I try to console her and whisper caring words in her ear.

“We were married for one year, when I discovered I was pregnant with Nathan,” she starts speaking. “Everything was fine when I told him, but then he stood me up at the doctor appointments. He was so proud when Nathan was born, and I was happy to finally have a family.”

“Why do I have the feeling that this wasn’t an easy divorce?” I ask her.

She looks at me. I wipe her tears away once again.  “Because it wasn’t an easy divorce, but it’s hard to tell you everything,” she whispers.

I look into her eyes.  “You can trust me and take your time.”

She only nods and closes her eyes. “I wish I had opened my eyes sooner.”

“Mommy.”  Nathan is running to us and Bella puts on a smile on her face. I hope the kids don’t see that it’s a fake smile.

“Yes, sweetheart,” she says.

“Can we have an ice cream?”

“Isn’t it too early for sugar?” she asks him.

He shakes his head.

“We can have lunch together,” I suggest.

“Oh, yes,” Nathan yells. “Can we, Mommy?” Bella nods and we decide to walk to McDonald’s.

“I want to tell you the story,” Bella whispers. We walk inside the restaurant and we go to the order line. “It’s just every time I try to tell you the story, I’m going back to the moments.”

“You know you don’t have to tell me this story.”

“Welcome to McDonalds, may I help you?” the girl behind the counter asks.

We order two Happy Meals for the kids and we each get a meal. Afterward, we go to sit in the neighborhood of the playground.

We eat our burgers in silence and when the kids are done they immediately start to play.

“The last couple of months have been amazing,” she says and she looks into my eyes. “I really like you.”

“I really like you too, Bella.” I take her hand. “Will you go out on a date with me?”

She looks up and she smiles. “What about the kids?”

“My Mom can babysit them, or maybe Tanya.”

“I’d love to go on a date with you,” she says. “Only, if you ask your mother or Tanya to babysit.”

RL

Tonight is the date night. I can’t believe I finally got the guts to ask her out. I’m going to take her to a restaurant with not only great food, but also a great music. There is a knock on my front door and I open it to see Tanya. She is picking up Savannah and heading to Bella’s where she is going to babysit the kids.

“Thanks for doing this, Tanya,” I say to her, as I walk back into the living room.

“You’re welcome,” she says. “If it helps to make Bella have a life again, I’ll gladly step up and help.”

“I would have asked my mother, but she’s currently in Forks and that is a four hour drive.”

“Edward, don’t worry. I’m happy to do this for you two.”

I turn around and smile at her response.  “I suppose your plan worked out,” I tell her.

“What do you mean?”

“Me and Bella dating—wasn’t that your intention?” I ask her.

“Oh, that!” she replies. “You know, I only want her happy and I really hope you are the one.”

“I really like her,” I confess.

“I think you like her more than you think,” she says casually.

I look at her shocked.

“Don’t look at me like that. The future will show you what I mean.”

I can’t help but think about her statement, but I have no time. I walk to the stairs and look up.

“Savannah! Tanya is here.”

“Yay!” Savannah squeals and she runs down with her overnight bag. We decided that she would stay at Bella’s apartment tonight and Bella would drop her off in the morning.

“Are you ready?” Tanya asks.

Savannah nods happily and then looks at me.  Savanna has been with Tanya alone once before, because I couldn’t leave my job and Tanya picked her up at school.

“Be good, Princess,” I tell my daughter.

“I’m always good, Daddy,” she states.

Tanya and I start laughing at that, and I kiss Savannah goodbye.

“I will be there in half an hour.”

“I will tell Bella,” Tanya says. “I still don’t get why you couldn’t drop Savannah off, when you to pick up Bella.”

I start to think about that and I realize that she is right.  Why I couldn’t drop off Savannah when I was picking up my date?  “Ah…”

“Is that all you have to say is ah?” she asks.  “I will go now. See you later!”

“Uh, I’m only picking up Bella, so the chances are big that she is coming down, instead of me going up!”

“Right.  Then I have one thing to say—if you hurt her, I will find you.”

I gulp and nod.  “I’m not going to hurt her. I’m hoping we can form a family together in the future,” I tell her honestly.

“Tanya, I want to see Nathan,” Savannah pouts.

Tanya looks at my daughter and nods.  “We will leave now,” she says.  “Edward, you remember what I said.”

I nod and watch as they leave. I put the last details on my clothes and get the rose I had bought earlier.

RL

I’m holding Bella’s hand while walking through the park.  First we had dinner at a very romantic restaurant.  I enjoyed watching Bella laugh about the little things I told her. Every now and then I saw her glance away—when I spoke Alice’s or Jasper’s name. She never told me what she has done with my sister’s friend request, but I’m not going to push her. If she’s ready she will tell me.

“It’s beautiful out here,” she whispers eventually. I look at her and give her a smile.

“It’s indeed beautiful here,” I answer not taking my eyes off her. She looks at me and blushes. I push strands of hair that fell in her eyes behind her ear. “You are beautiful.”

She looks away and starts to blush harder. She looks back up and gives me a small smile. “Thank you.”

“You don’t have to thank me,” I tell her. “I’m only telling the truth.”

I take a step closer to her and put my arms around her body. She looks into my eyes and there are a lot of emotions in her eyes. My eyes wander to her lips and I move closer. I put my hands on her waist and pull her closer to me. I put my lips against hers—kissing her. Bella’s hands go to the back of my neck and she pulls at my hair. She moans into my mouth. I pull away, because otherwise we are going too far too soon. She looks like I ran over her dog. The hurt is immensely present in her eyes. I wonder what’s wrong.

“Bella?” I question her. “Is something wrong?”

“You don’t want me,” she whispers.

Oh my God, is this why she looks so sad? “Oh no, Bella, I so want you, but first, we are in a park and second, I think if we keep doing this we will go far too fast in this relationship.” I take her face in my hands and wipe away her tears. I smile at her. “I want to take things really slow. I want to learn of your quirks and habits. I want to know everything about you.”

She looks into my eyes and gives me a small smile. “I know that, but after everything that happened. I’m a little bit insecure.”

“I understand that,” I say, not asking her to tell me her story. I have a feeling that Paul wasn’t a very nice guy, and when Bella is ready she will tell me.

I take her hand and walk with her further in the park.

“He hit me,” she suddenly talks.

I stop walking and turn around to look at her. She can clearly see the shock in my eyes. I wasn’t expecting this.

“Let’s go to my house and talk,” I tell her.

We walk to my car and I drive home. Several minutes later I park the car before I help her out. We walk inside and I lead her to the living room.

“Do you want to drink something?” I ask her.

She nods. “Water, please.”

I step into the kitchen and get out two bottles of water and walk back into the living room. Bella sits in the sofa and looks outside the window.

“Here,” I say, while giving her a bottle.

She takes the bottle and opens it.  “I’m sorry, for dropping that on you like a bomb.”

“It’s okay. If you think that you are ready to tell me, you can tell me. I’m here for you.”

She nods and looks into my eyes. “It all started after the pregnancy. Nathan was born, but Paul didn’t come home. He always had to work late and came up with one excuse after another. When I started to question where he was, he started hitting me.”  She takes a sip from her water and looks back outside.

“Why didn’t you tell anybody?”

“He always apologized the next day. In the beginning, I believed his lies, but the beatings became harder and more frequent. Then we came to Seattle for his business; by then I had closed myself off. My parents knew something was wrong, but I ignored their questions. Paul mapped out my life and when he told them things without consulting me at all, I had an epiphany that he was actually controlling me.  He forbade me to go to school and told me that I was supposed to be a stay at home mom. The day after I bumped into you and we talked—that was the same day I discovered he was cheating on me. I called Tanya and moved to LA. I initiated the divorce and a year later I was a single mother with sole custody of Nathan.”

The story is unbelievable, but I can see in her eyes that she is telling the truth.

“I started to live my life,” she goes further. “I finished pre-med and took a year off. I moved here a couple of months ago and started to finish my medical schooling to become a doctor.”

“And I couldn’t be prouder of you. You took your life in your hands and moved on. There are women out there who haven’t had the guts to leave their abusing partner.”

“I know that, but it took time to realize that,” she answers. “It’s still hard sometimes. I’m still scared that he will find me.”

“Why do you think that?” I ask.

“We never saw him during the divorce procedure. The only contact from his side was with his lawyer.”

“That’s good, isn’t it?”

“It’s good, but it’s because of his lawyer that he signed the papers otherwise, I wouldn’t be divorced from him. He refused to sign the papers with my conditions.”

“What were your conditions?”

“That I get sole custody of Nathan. I didn’t want him to become like his father.”

I totally understand her reasoning and I had the same situation with Savannah and Lauren. It looks like Paul and Lauren weren’t the perfect example for our kids and the judges followed our explanations. And for that I’m now the happiest man in the world.

RL

A couple of hours after a lot of talking and laughing, I drop Bella home. I had a lot of fun and I so want to repeat it.

When I arrive back at my house, I start to think about the conversation with Bella. I hated Lauren, but I would have never hit her. I undress and get in bed.

I’m already dreaming about the next date with Bella and this time I’m going to include the kids.

 

Isabella’s POV

I walk up the stairs and open the door of my apartment. Tanya is lying on my sofa watching something on the television. She looks up when she hears me come in.

“Bells, how was your date?” she asks me.

“Great,” I answer softly. “He’s amazing, Tan.” I think back to our talk about Paul and that was the moment that I realized Edward was it for me.

“Where did you go?”

“An amazing restaurant called Taste. Afterward we took a walk in the park,” I answer, taking a seat in the loveseat.

“You’re glowing, Bells,” Tanya says. “I’ve never seen you so happy, not since the day you knocked on my door.”

“I’m happy,” I tell her. “Edward makes me really happy.” I take a deep breath. “I told him.”

Tanya looks shocked and comes closer to me. “You did what?”

“I’ve told him about Paul,” I repeat my words. “He told me about Lauren and Savannah and I knew he had the right to know the truth about Nathan and Paul.”

Tanya smiles very big and takes my hand. “I’m so proud of you, Bells.”

“I’m proud of myself,” I tell her. “I’ve never thought I would tell him. He knew something was wrong and he didn’t push me.”

“What made you decide to tell him the truth?” Tanya asked.

I think back to the conversations we had the last couple of months. There were a lot of times that I wanted to tell him, but I was mostly scared for his reaction. Yesterday, after that wonderful kiss I could see all the emotions in his eyes. When I thought he rejected me, the insecurities hit me like a bomb. He must have seen my emotions, because he told me that he wanted me, but wanted to take things slow. That was the moment I realized that he wasn’t Paul and that he would never hurt me like Paul did.

“When he said that he wanted me,” I tell Tanya eventually. “That was the moment I realized that he had to know the truth.”

“Oh, how sweet,” Tanya coos.

“Act normally, Tan!” I order her. “How were the kids?”

“They were amazing. They played together and with me. We watched some Disney movies and then they fell asleep. They are so cute together.”

“Yeah, I know!”

“They already act like siblings.”

“That’s the weird thing, you know. I treat Savannah as if she is my daughter. I never told Edward this, but I love her immensely and I don’t want to lose her. I can’t believe that Lauren didn’t want that special little girl.”

“Lauren is a bitch. She never deserved Edward and that little girl,” Tanya says. “I can’t believe what you told me about her.”

“It’s true, Tanya. I have only told you my side of the story, because Edward’s story is not mine to share, but everything I told you is true. Lauren threatened every girl in school, even his sister, Alice badly.”

“But why?” Tanya asks. “It’s not like Alice would go to bed with him?”

“That’s something only Lauren can answer and I think that we will never know the answer to that.”

“Well, I’m going home. I need my beauty sleep.” Tanya smiles when she stands up to leave my apartment. “It’s an important day tomorrow.”

“Whoa? What are you going to do?”

“I have a date!” She squeals. “I will come here first.”

“So I can meet him?”

“Something like that.” Tanya kisses my cheek and leaves the apartment.

Sometimes I don’t know what to think of my friend. She is one strange person, but I love her for it.

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