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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13. Chapter twelve: First Kiss

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

“You don’t have a Facebook account? That’s impossible. Everyone has one!” I state.

“I’m not everyone.” Bella smiles. She’s looking at some of the photos, I have posted on my social account. She stops at the photo of Alice, Jasper, and Savannah. Tears are filling her eyes.

“Hey,” I console her. “Everything alright?”

“When she stood at my door three years ago, I was so happy to see her,” she begins to tell.

“Then why did you react the way you did?” I question her, remembering the conversation with Alice.

“I wasn’t ready.” She turns around and looks into my eyes. “There are some things you all don’t know. There are only a few people who know the whole truth.”

“Bella,” I whisper, but I can’t say anything else. Ever since our dinner last week, I knew there were things that she didn’t tell me, but I’m not going to push her. When she is ready to tell me, she will.

“I will never be sure if I’m ready to talk about those things. It took me a long time to tell the people who know.”

“I understand, Bella,” I tell her. “I’m not pushing you. You have to talk about it when you are ready.”

She skips to the next picture and starts smiling.

“These are very beautiful pictures.”

“Thanks,” I answer. “You know I can help you set up an account?” She looks at me surprised.

 “Would you be my first friend?” she pouts.

Oh, I so want to kiss those lips.  What the hell, where did that thought come from?

“Of course,” I say with a nod. “What kind of a friend would I be, if I didn’t accept your friend request on Facebook?”

We start laughing and log off. I help her set up her account and start explaining the different things she can do on Facebook.

“How do I send a friend request?” she asks me.  I show her the search bar and type in my name.

“You go to my profile page,” I start to explain. “Then you see the button ‘Add friend’ and you have to press it.”

“And now I’m your friend?” she asks.

“No,” I say. She starts to look sad and pouts. “I have to accept it first.”

“Oh.” She starts to look embarrassed.

“You don’t have to be embarrassed,” I tell her. “You don’t know Facebook.”

I log her off and then go to my page. I immediately accept her request and post something on her wall. She looks at her watch.

“I’m sorry,” she whispers. “But I’ve got to go to class.” She stands up, takes her bag and gives me a kiss on the cheek. “I’ll call you later.”

“You can always chat through Facebook,” I tell her.

“Oh right, but I’ll see you later!” She waves me goodbye then leaves my house. I look at the clock on my computer and see that I have to go pick up my daughter.

RL

Several days later, I’m reading some e-mails, when a message pops up.

Bella Swan: Hi!

Edward Cullen: Hi! How r u?

Bella Swan: Uh?

Edward Cullen: Oh, right. Forgot you have to learn chat lingo. This means: how are you?

Bella Swan: Are you laughing at me?

Edward Cullen: I wouldn’t dare! ;)

Bella Swan: I don’t know if I can believe you. Can we set a play date for Nathan and Savannah?

Edward Cullen: Of course. Savannah is asking for Nathan. I think she likes him.

Bella Swan: Oh super! Tomorrow?

Edward Cullen: Uh, I think that will be fine. Maybe we could go 2 the park?

Bella Swan: I’m guessing that 2 means to? The park is okay. Do I come 2 u or r u coming 2 me?

Edward Cullen: I’ll be there at 10am.

Bella Swan: Okay, see u tomorrow.

Edward Cullen: C u 2morrow.

The whole conversation makes me smile. It’s like Bella has never saw a computer before. Every other day she would call about Facebook, because she couldn’t find something. Sometimes it was hard not to laugh at her.

I look through my friends statuses and see something on my sister’s.

Great news! I will tell you when I can confirm it. – with Jasper Whitlock.

I’m curious what news she has to share. I open a chat box and type my message.

Edward Cullen: Hi, sis. How R U?

Alice Cullen-Whitlock: Bro, I’m fine. And U?

Edward Cullen: Super! What does that weird status of yours mean?

Alice Cullen-Whitlock: Patience, bro, patience. Jasper is calling. I’ve to go.

Alice Cullen-Whitlock is offline.

I sigh. I so want to know her news, but if there is one person who can keep a secret that person is my sister. I close my laptop. I have to pick up my daughter from school.

RL

I’m sitting on a bench at the school gate. My phone beeps and I see I have a Facebook message.

Bella Swan: Can you pick up Nathan too? Tan is sick.

Edward Cullen: I will pick him up. You could send me a text.

Bella Swan: This is free. ;)

I laugh with her answer. The school bell rings and I look up to see the kids run out of the school. Savannah sees me and runs immediately to me. I go to her and we meet in the middle.

“Daddy!” she squeals. I pick her up and kiss her forehead.

“Hi, Princess,” I greet her. “We have to get Nathan also.”

“Oh, is he going to play with us?” she asks.

“For a while. His mom and aunt couldn’t come, so I have to pick him up,” I explain.

“Yay!” I put her back on the ground and she starts to look for Nathan. “Nathan over here!” Nathan looks to my daughter and smiles. He runs to her and gives her a big hug.

“Nathan,” I call. He looks up at me. “Your Mommy asked me to pick you up.”

“Are we going to the park?” he asks.

“Um, no. I have some work to do for school,” I answer. “But you can watch some movies at my home.” He smiles and takes Savannah’s hand before we walk to my car.

RL

Bella called me thirty minutes ago, to let me know that she is going to pick up Nathan. He enjoyed his afternoon with Savannah and they’re now sleeping on my couch. There is a knock on my door. I open it and see Bella standing with food in her hands.

“I thought maybe we could eat together,” she says.

“That’s good,” I say. “What is on the menu?”

“Chinese.”

“Hmm, it smells delicious,” I tell her.

“I know,” she agrees. “It’s from the restaurant in the neighborhood of my college. I hope it is good, because I’ve never been there.”

“Let’s taste it.” I let her in my house.

“Where are the kids?” she asks.

“They are asleep on the couch.” She looks into the living room and smiles at the scene.

“They are so cute together,” she states.

“I know,” I say. “It’s sad that I have to wake them up.”

“It’s indeed sad,” Bella says.

I walk to the kids and gently shake them.

“Nathan, Savannah,” I whisper. “Dinner is here.” Savannah immediately wakes up and smiles.

“Spaghetti and meatballs?” she asks.

“No, it’s Chinese,” I tell her. She pouts.

“I’m sorry,” Bella says. “If I had known, I would have brought that with me.” Savannah’s pout disappears when she sees Bella.

“Bella!” she squeals. She stands up and runs to her. Bella crouches down and hugs my daughter with a big smile.

“Hi Savannah,” she greets her. “How are you?”

“Great,” Savannah answers. I let them talk and try to wake up the sleeping boy.

“Nathan,” I whisper. “Wake up.” He flutters his eyes and then smiles sleepily at me.

“Yeah,” he whispers.

“Your mommy is here with dinner,” I say. He stands up and goes to the kitchen. Bella and Savannah are gone so I think they are also in the kitchen. Before I reach the room, I hear laughing and when I look in and see the kids trying to eat with the sticks.

“Bella, can I have a fork please?” Savannah asks.

“Come on, Savannah,” Nathan whines. “You have to try it.” Savannah takes the two sticks and tries to take the food on her plate. Every time she puts the food between the sticks and lifts it, it falls back on her plate. She pouts and looks at Bella.

“It doesn’t work.”

Bella gives her fork and Savannah happily starts to eat. Nathan also tries, but doesn’t achieve his goal. Bella also gives him a fork.

“Thank you, Mommy,” he says with mouth full of food.

“Nathan, don’t speak with your mouth full,” Bella orders him.

I take my place at the only empty seat and smile at the scene. It really looks like we are a family. Something I really want to have. The last couple of weeks I really started to realize that I want more from Bella then friendship. I really started to get to know her and I like everything about her.

Savannah is eating with an open mouth.

“Savannah, close your mouth,” I order my daughter. She looks guilty and starts to eat with a closed mouth. She knows the rules, but every once in a while she ignores it. Bella smiles at me while helping her son eat.

After dinner we take them back to the living room and put a movie on for them, so we can do the dishes alone.

“Alice sent me a friend request on Facebook,” she says quietly.

“She could have found you because you’re friends with me,” I tell her.

“It’s not that,” she says. She is drying a plate then puts it on the table.

“What is the problem then?” I ask her.

“I don’t know what to do,” she mumbles. She stands with her back to me. I put my hands on her shoulders and turn her around. For the first time I take a good look at her brown eyes. There are a lot of emotions in her eyes. It’s like I can swim in them. The most prominent emotion is fear.

“What are you scared of?”

“Rejection,” she whispers. “I showed her the door all those years ago and now I’m afraid she will resent me for that.”

“If I know my sister,” I start. “The first thing she will do, when she sees you, is jump into your arms. And believe me, I know my sister.” We both start to laugh at that. She puts another plate on table and looks at me. Her eyes are so beautiful and I love them.

“You’re so beautiful,” I declare suddenly. She blushes and looks away. I don’t know why I said that, but I’m not sorry for it. She is beautiful. I take step closer to her and turn her around. The blush even makes her even more beautiful. I take a closer look at her face and I stop at her lips. Without thinking I lean closer and kiss her softly. She responds to my kiss, wrapping her hands in my hair, but the moment is ruined when I hear Nathan giggling from close by. Then I hear my Savannah giggling as well and whispering something to Nathan before they're running away. We jump away and look at each other.

“I’m s-s-sorry,” she stutters.

“Do you regret it?” I ask her shocked that she apologized. She looks up and slowly shakes her head.

“I-,” she starts. “I like you, but I don’t want to rush things.”

“I understand,” I agree.

“Do you?” she asks quietly. “There are kids involved and they would be the ones who’ll hurt the most if this doesn’t work out.”

“I know,” I admit. I take her hands into mine and look into her eyes. “I know there is something between us. You cannot deny that.”

“I indeed can’t, but still we have to be careful,” she says.

“Why are you taking a step back?” I ask her. It’s like she doesn’t want anything to happen.

“I’m not taking a step back,” she assures. She takes my face into her hands and looks straight into my eyes. “I’m just scared that the kids will be the ones in the middle.”

“I will not hurt them and I will not hurt you, I swear,” I say not looking away from her eyes.

“I know,” she whispers. “Let’s go and check on them.” We walk out of the kitchen in the living room and see our kids whispering to each other. There is a lot of giggling and Bella coughs to let them know we are in the room. They jump up and smile at us.

“Savannah, it’s bedtime,” I say.

“I don’t want to go to bed,” she pouts.

“Nathan, we also need to go home, because you are up way past your bedtime.” Bella smiles. He also starts to pout and if we weren’t resistant to their pouts, we would’ve conceded to them.

“No ,Savannah,” I order. “Go upstairs and start to get ready for bed.” She does what I say and I look at Bella.

“I’m sorry,” she says. “But we have to go.”

“It’s okay,” I tell her. “Tomorrow we are taking them to the park.”

“Are we still going at ten?” she asks. I only nod and take her face in my hands.

“We’ll talk more then.” I kiss her forehead, let her go and crouch down. “Nathan, tomorrow you can see Savannah again, okay?”

He shyly nods and gives me a hug. “See you tomorrow, Ed.”

“See you tomorrow.”

He lets go of me and goes to Bella. She picks him up and Nathan put his head on her shoulder.

“It was a nice night, Edward,” she whispers. “We have to do it again.” She kisses my cheek and leaves my house. I look out of the window. She puts Nathan in the back seat and then gets in the car herself. Several minutes later she leaves my driveway and I go to my daughter’s room. Savannah is waiting for me, but without her favorite book.

“You don’t want me to read your bedtime story?” I ask her. She shakes her head.

“Is Bella going to be my new Mommy?” she asks suddenly. I don’t know what to answer to that.

 

Isabella’s POV

Nathan fell asleep on our way home and I already put him in his bed. I’m now watching some TV, while I’m thinking about this evening. I can’t believe I kissed Edward Cullen tonight. It was a nice kiss, better yet, it was an amazing kiss. I’ve never been kissed like that before. My feelings for Edward are growing with every conversation we have.  But when we were talking about his sister, I never thought he would kiss me. He thought that I regretted that kiss, but that will never be true. It’s just we have to think about a lot more then ourselves. There are kids involved and when we start a relationship, they are the one who will get hurt if we break up

I know Edward realizes this, but sometimes I think we both forget that they are there. For example when he kissed me tonight, if the kids weren’t there I don’t know where we would have ended. Maybe we should be grateful for their presence, because otherwise we would have gone too far too fast. I look at the clock on the wall and see it’s half past midnight and I decide to go to bed.

This was a great night, one like I haven’t had in a long time… maybe ever.

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