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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4. Chapter three: Graduation day

Edward’s age: 18
Bella’s age: 18

Edward’s POV

I’m in the gym of Forks High School, just like all the other seniors. I can’t believe that I’m graduating today. I can finally leave Forks behind. I’m being accepted in Julliard and I can follow my dreams to study music. I had yet to tell Lauren I wasn’t going to Seattle with her. The University of Washington accepted her and me, but I don’t want to go to Seattle. My dream is to go to Julliard and this is where I’m going.

“Now it is time to give the diplomas to our seniors,” Principal Matthews ends his speech and takes the first diploma from Mrs. Cope. “Thomas Andrews.” The first student goes to collect his diploma and the principal calls the next name. Finally my name is called and I stand up to go up on the stage. “Congratulations, Mr. Cullen.” The principal shakes my hand and gives me my diploma.

“Thank you.” I walk off the stage to my place. On my way to my seat, I see Bella sitting a few rows behind me. After the night she dropped me off at home, I’ve tried to talk to her, but every time I tried to apologize she walked away. A row before her sits my girlfriend and I smile at her when she locks eyes with me. She smiles back, but I can see that it doesn’t reach her eyes. The last couple of days she has acted strange around me and I wonder what that is about. I sit down and look at the stage where the rest of the seniors collect their diploma.

“Lauren Mallory.” Lauren stands up and walks up to the stage. She accepts her diploma and then looks at me. She has a conflicted look in her eyes. I start thinking about the reason why she would look at me like that. Did she find out about Julliard? I hope not, because it’s already hard to tell her about it, but explaining why I took so long to tell her, will be much harder.

“Isabella Swan.” There were people yelling and whistling when she walks up the stage. I look to where the sounds come from and see her boyfriend. He is applauding for her and has a big smile on his face, just like the big boy next to him. Principal Matthews calls the last seniors and then we throw our caps in the air.

Afterwards I go to my family and they are smiling at me, even Alice.

“Congrats, Edward.” She hugs me and gives me a kiss on my cheek. “I found your accepting letter for Julliard. When were you going to tell us?”

“Julliard?” My Mom looks at me with a big smile on her face. “I didn’t know you sent an application to Julliard.”

“Yeah, you know that I wanted to go to Julliard.”

“Yes, son, but we thought that you changed your mind, because your relationship with Lauren,” my father answers. I know my parents aren’t happy with my relationship, but they don’t say anything.

“I know, I told Lauren I would go with her, but I couldn’t just give up my dream without trying to get in,” I explained to them.

“Are you going?” my sister asks. I look to where Lauren stands with her family and then back to my family.

“I don’t want to regret anything, so yes, I’m going. I’m going to tell Lauren today that I won’t go to the University of Washington.”

“She will not be happy,” Alice says. I sigh, because I know she is right. Lauren already planned out our entire future.

“I know, but let’s go home. I will talk to her later.” My family walks out to the parking lot to their respective cars.

“See you at home, Son.” My father steps in his car, my mother and Alice follow his lead. I step into my car and follow my father to our house.

~*~*~*~*~

My parents made reservations at the restaurant in Port Angeles and that’s where we are. I enjoyed the celebrations of my graduation and also my acceptance letter from Julliard.

“When do you leave for New York?” Jasper asks me. He came back from Yale for my graduation. He studies at the law school. His sister, Rosalie, is still undecided and is still staying in Forks. She and Bella would leave together this fall, but which university was still unknown. Rosalie is celebrating with Bella and her family.

“I hope some time in August. I still don’t know,” I answer.

“I’m so happy for you, Edward. You finally achieved your dreams.” Everybody around the table is smiling for my happiness.

“What did Lauren say when you told her?” Jasper asks. I frown, because when I called her earlier this evening and she didn’t pick up her phone. I’m a little worried about her.

“I tried to call, but she wouldn’t pick up her phone.”
“She’s maybe celebrating her graduation,” my mother says. “You don’t have to worry. It’s not that you will leave tomorrow.” My mom is right. I still have time to talk to her, but I have to talk to her soon. We enjoy our dessert and make some small talk. Jasper misses his family and friends, but loves school. He wants to be a lawyer and he studies hard for it. Alice has still one year to go at Forks High, but already knows she wants to study Design. Where she will study, is still not known, but she has a year to think about it.

~*~*~*~*~

The next morning I wake up with still one question in mind. Why doesn’t she answer her phone? Last night I tried to call her a few times after my graduation dinner. I still didn’t get an answer and I’m worried something happened. I take my cell phone from the night table, but I don’t have any missed phone calls. I sigh and get up. I walk into my bathroom and start getting ready. If she doesn’t answer her phone, I will go to her.

I descend the stairs when someone knocks on the door. I halt my steps and listen to my mother greeting the person.

“Lauren, good morning.”

“Good morning, Mrs. Cullen,” Lauren greets. “I’m here for Edward.”

“I’m not sure he’s awake, but come in.” Lauren walks in the hallway and stops when she sees me.

“Lauren.” My greeting is very curt. “You didn’t answer my phone calls.”

“I’m sorry.” She closes her eyes and then looks up. “I was thinking.”

“Thinking about what?”

“Can I talk to you in private?”

“You can go to your room, dear. I will make sure nobody disturbs you. You both have a lot to talk about.” I nod to my mom and go back up the stairs. In my room, I let Lauren first go in.

“Why didn’t you answer my calls?” I ask again.

“I told you I had to think,” she repeated.

“What about?”

She sighs and sits on my unmade bed. Her eyes still have the same look as the day before.

“Something happened,” she starts. I look at her worried and think the worst. “I’m late.”

“Late for what?” I ask her. She looks up.

“No, I’m late.” She gives me a knowing look. “You know…late.” It takes me a minute to understand what she means.

“You’ve got to be kidding me.”

“Do you think I wanted this to happen?” Tears are starting to fall out of her eyes. “I had a whole future planned out for us, and kids weren’t in it!” she yells. I look at her and I can see that she’s telling the truth.

“But we always used protection.”

“Not always.”

“What!”

“A few months ago,” she looks up with her teary eyes. “We were at a party and both drunk. I think we both forget protection.”

“I can’t believe this. This is not happening to me. I was supposed to go to Julliard.”

“You what!?” she yells. “You’re not supposed to go to Julliard. You’re supposed to go to University of Washington.”

“No, you decided that I was to go to Seattle. I didn’t want that. My dream is to go to Julliard.” There was a big silence in my room. “But that’s not the problem right now.”

“Yes, that’s the problem, because the other problem you mentioned will be taking care of.” I’m shocked and look at her.

“What do you mean?”

“Are you really thinking that I will give up my plans for this stupid thing?”

“We both made a mistake, Lauren, and we’ll both be looking for a solution.”

“My solution is simple. We both go to Seattle and take care of this thing and then go to the University.”

“Take care?” I yell. “Are you dumb? That’s a person you’re talking about.”

“And we’re talking about our future.”

“Abortion is not a solution, Lauren.” I sit next to her and put my head in my hands. “There are other solutions.” I start to think about some other way, but every time I come to the one conclusion that will not make me happy.

“There is no other solution right now.”

“Yes, there is.” I stand up and sit in front of her on one knee. “Lauren, will you make me a proud father and husband and marry me?” She glances at me with a confused look, but then she starts to smile and kiss me full on the mouth.

“Yes!” she screams. “Yes, I will marry you.”

“I know it’s not like you had planned, but we’ll get there,” I promise her. “We’ll get there.” She gives me a smile that finally reaches her eyes and gives me one last kiss.

“We will certainly get there.”

This day will be a turning point in my life.

 

Isabella’s POV

I’ve finally graduated and I can’t be happier. Tomorrow I leave with Paul to Cambridge so that I can start Med School at Harvard this fall. It’s amazing how time flies.

“To Bella,” my family and friends toasts. Rosalie is sitting next to Emmett and I think there is something growing between the two of them. Ever since Rosalie locked eyes with Emmett, they spent every free moment together.

“Darling, I have a question for you.” I lock my eyes with Paul and smile at him. He goes to sit on one knee and took a velvet box out of his pocket.

“Ever since the moment I’ve met you I have known that you are my future. I already have pictured you as my wife, as the mother of my kids and now I’m hoping you see the same future with me. Isabella Marie Swan, will you do me the honor of becoming my wife?” I gasp. Ever since I met Paul I dreamt about a proposal from him, but this was so unexpected. I look around and see Emmett and Rosalie smiling at me. Next to them sit my adoptive parents and they’re also smiling, but they have a knowing look in their eyes.

“You two knew?!” It sounds like a question.

“Sorry, dear, but we promised Paul to keep it a secret,” Charlotte begins.

“He came to us to ask for our blessing,” Peter explains. “But what is your answer, Paul is waiting.” I look back at Paul and can’t help but smile.

“Oh my sweet Paul, of course I want to marry you.” Paul opens the velvet box and in it is the most beautiful ring. It looks simple, but also very expensive. “Oh, it looks so beautiful.” I put my left hand out and Paul slides the ring on my finger. My mom puts some champagne on the table and we enjoy the rest of the night.

~*~*~*~*~

“I can’t believe I’m engaged.” I’m walking around my room to pack the last of my things before I leave.

“How long have you been together?” Rose asks me. She’s helping me with the packing.

“Almost two years, but I always thought he would wait till I graduated from the university.”

“Bella, did you ever think that he’d find that too long. You’re going to med school.”

“And?” I ask her.

“You want to be a doctor. From what I’ve heard, those studies take seven years and then an internship for a couple years.” Rosalie is right and I start to think about everything. Paul was always patient when it comes to our relationship. He always gives me time and let me decide the pace of our relationship. When he asked me to marry him earlier this evening he knew I was ready.

“You’re right, Rose.” I put the last of my clothing in a bag. “I’m ready for all of it.” I smile and sit on my bed. Rose comes and sits right next to me.

“I’m going to miss you.” She hugs me.

“Oh, Rose. We’ll see each other again. You’re going to be my maid of honor.” She pulls me out of her hug and looks me in the eyes.

“Really?” she questions me.

“I’m serious, Rose. When am I not serious?”

“I just thought you would ask Alice.”

“She can be my bridesmaid. You’re my sister, only not by blood.” She takes me in another hug.

“Thank you, Bella.”

“You’re welcome.” I pull out of her hug and look at her. She looks so happy and that makes me think about her and Emmett. She looks so comfy around him and I was hoping they had a future together.

“I’ve got to go.” She stands up and walks to the door.

“Rose, wait.” She halts and turns around. “I want to ask you something.” She comes back to sit next to me.

“Ask away.” She smiles.

“It’s about you and Emmett.” She blushes.

“What about it?” I’ve known Rose for two years and never did I see her blush and look so nervous.

“Do you like him?”

“When I met him this evening, the first thing in my mind was: ‘God, what an idiot.’ But then I got to know him during dinner and he’s actually sweet and funny. I think I might like him.” She’s still blushing, but has a big smile on her face.

“What’s with that smile?” I ask her.

“He’s staying here for a couple of days and he asked me out on a date.”

“When?”

“Tomorrow night. I know it is soon, but I think I see a future with him, you know?”

“Yeah, the first time I met Paul, I had the same feeling. My future is with him and that feeling only builds up when time passes.” She smiles at me.

“I know what you mean. I just met him a few hours ago, but it’s like I’ve known him forever.” I’m so happy for my two friends, but then I remember something.

“Rose, what are you going to do when Emmett leaves back for college?” She frowns and her smile disappears.

“I never thought about that.”

“Maybe you should. Did you already decide where you will go to college?” She shakes her head and I smile. “Maybe you should start thinking about it. If I remember correctly you had an acceptance letter from University of Arizona.” I stand up and leave her thinking in my room. Several seconds later she jumps up and follows me screaming.

“You’re right. I can go with him to Tucson. Thank you, Bella.” She hugs me and runs down the stairs. I cannot help but smile. I just made a friend really happy.

~*~*~*~*~

The next day my parents drive me and Paul to the airport in Seattle. I know that the next days will be busy, because there is the move. We already found a place to stay near Harvard, but we still have to paint everything, buy some new furniture, and Paul has to look for a new job. He was a Marine, but he was discharged. I was always worried when he left on tour and that was one of the reasons he promised me he would get out when his time was served.

When we arrived in Seattle, it is time to say goodbye to my family. Tears are inevitable and soon my mom and I are crying in each other’s arms. Paul and I board the plane and I look outside.

This day will be a turning point in my life.

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