posted by groovychicklisa
The following two weeks passed almost in a blur. Time didn't seem to behave the way it usually did when I was with Edward. Sometimes it would jump ahead – big chunks of time seemed to be just disappearing – and sometimes it would pass سے طرف کی almost impossibly slowly.
He picked me up in the morning and walked me to English before heading off for his own classes. Then he'd usually meet me after Math and we'd go to the cafeteria together – Angela and I had become a regular fixture at the Cullen/Hale table. After lunch, we'd head to Biology where we would spend the entire گھنٹہ not touching, which was extremely difficult, at least for me, considering the waves of electricity that seemed to be flowing between us. When the self-control trying period was over, he'd walk me my Computer Science class, and then he met me after the period and we would head over to the gym along with Alice.
I was, of course, still excused from P.E., so I would spend the گھنٹہ watching him play basketball, which was what we had moved on to after والی بال was finished. I marveled at the way he moved across the floor; it was almost like he knew what the other players were thinking before they actually did anything, because he always managed to out-maneuver them somehow.
"You've got a little drool, right there." Alice's voice almost made me jump out of my skin. I hadn't heard her come up to the bleachers where I was sitting.
"Funny." I discretely ran my hand over the corner of my mouth, just in case.
"Not that I want to interrupt آپ ogling my brother یا anything, but I wanted to talk plans with you." She sat down اگلے to me.
"Plans?" I repeated incredulously.
"Tomorrow's Valentine's Day." She pointed out.
"It is?" I knew today was Thursday, but what date... no clue.
"Yes, it is. Where has your head been these past few weeks?" She frowned at me. "On سیکنڈ thought, don't answer that. Ogling I can deal with, but I do not need any details."
To which I of course blushed thoroughly. Not that anything had really happened. There had been a lot of make-out sessions on Charlie's couch, after our now daily homework dates. Edward would drive me ہوم and we'd spend an گھنٹہ یا two doing school work, and then we'd usually turn on the TV and ignore whatever was on until I had to start dinner. Edward always left before Charlie came home. He hadn't actually کہا that Edward couldn't be at the house when I was ہوم alone, but we didn't want to risk any restrictions.
The گزشتہ weekend had passed much as the one before; we went to Port Angeles on Friday night, had رات کے کھانے, شام کا کھانا at Bella Italia again and then went to the movies. The difference was that this time I didn't even remember the beginning of the movie. I had a vague memory that Matthew McConaughey had been in it, but couldn't be completely sure. Saturday night had been spent with Alice, Jasper, Emmett and Rosalie watching فلمیں and ordering Chinese food from South North Garden.
And both nights had ended in Edward's car outside Charlie's house.
"So, plans?" I wondered what she had in mind, willing myself out of my rather pleasant walk down memory lane.
"Well, I thought we could do something all six of us, other than just hang out at the house and watch movies."
"Oh." I had kind of been looking آگے to being alone with Edward on Valentine's Day. Since I had never actually had a boyfriend before, I hadn't had the spending-Valentine's-Day-with-my-boyfriend experience either.
"Don't sound so disappointed." She elbowed be teasingly in the ribs. "You'll get him all to yourself on Saturday."
"No, it sounds great Alice. Really. What did آپ have in mind?"
"I was thinking we could go to the restaurant at the Kalaloch Lodge. The food is great, and the view is just amazing."
I had heard of that place.
"You don't think they're all booked? It is tomorrow." She got a slightly sheepish look on her face. I had already learned what that meant. "What did آپ do?" I asked sternly.
"We kind of already have a reservation."
"Oh really?" I wondered why I was not surprised. "And when did آپ make that reservation?"
"Aboutamonthago." She spoke so fast, I almost didn't hear what she said.
"A month?" I hadn't even been in Forks a ماہ ago. "And who had آپ been planning on bringing?"
"Oh, no, not like that!" She hurried to assure me. "I only made a reservation for five. See, last سال we did this whole anti-Valentine's-Day thing, all of us going out so Edward wouldn't feel left out. But now we don't have to do that!"
"So I called them the other day, and it was no problem changing the reservation to six instead of five. What do آپ say?" She gave me her best کتے eyes, so there wasn't really anything I could do.
"Sure, Alice, it sounds great." I also knew there was no point in arguing with her. She would win in the end anyway, so I might as well give up right away.
"Great!" She jumped up. "Now I just have to convince that stubborn brother of mine."
"Wait, Edward hasn't agreed to this?"
"Not yet!" She got a mischievous look in her eyes and bounced off towards the باسکٹ, باسکٹ بال court
"I'm so sorry I got us into going out with the others tomorrow." I apologized – again – as Edward drove me ہوم half an گھنٹہ later. "I really thought آپ were already in on it, یا I wouldn't have agreed."
"It's OK." He assured me. "Like Alice so kindly informed me, I didn't have any great plans anyway, and I don't want آپ to be disappointed."
"I wouldn't have been disappointed no matter what we would have done." He gave me that crooked smile I already loved.
"How did I manage to find such a low maintenance girlfriend?"
"It's just that I've never done the whole Valentine's دن thing before, so I don't have any high expectations." I shrugged.
"You've never had a Valentine's date?" He frowned. "Seriously?"
"Of course I'm serious."
We hadn't broached the subject of past relationships before. I remembered what Lauren had کہا that first دن in the cafeteria, and I wondered if it was true. That I had a non-existing relationship history didn't mean that he did.
"I just thought آپ would have had all the guys after آپ in Phoenix, like آپ do here."
"All the guys? What guys?" OK, there had been Mike those first couple of days, but he was happily dating Jessica now.
"Mike? Eric? Those are the most obvious, but I can keep going if آپ want."
I had forgotten about Eric. But other guys?
"That was just because I was new. Change of scenery." And, of course, I blushed.
"I doubt that." He turned the engine off, and I realized we were already at the house. "You're telling me you've never had a boyfriend before?"
"Yes, that's exactly what I'm saying." I was starting to feel a little uncomfortable, so I opened the door and got out of the car.
"I'm sorry, I just find that hard to believe." He came around the car and took my hand. "I mean, have آپ seen you?"
I chose to not answer that سوال as we entered the house.
"Alice?" I کہا quietly in Computer class the اگلے day. Mrs. Gordon was across the room, but she didn't like it when people talked in her class.
"Yeah?" She leaned in closer to me, pretending to be looking at my screen to help me out with the problem we were supposed to be working on.
"How does this whole Valentine's thing work?" I had been pondering this all night. "I mean, do آپ give each other presents?"
"Well, I got something for Jasper." She thought for a moment. "But you're still in the just-started-dating phase, so I think it's a little early for that."
"Good." Since I hadn't realized the proximity to Valentine's Day, I hadn't even thought about getting Edward something.
"But then again, I know my brother." She giggled. "And it wouldn't surprise me if he did get آپ something. But don't worry, he won't expect anything in return."
"Did آپ have to say that?"
I had a feeling she knew something I didn't. This of course had me wondering what he might have gotten me for the rest of the class.
Halfway through P.E., Jessica joined me at the side of the court, having tripped and hit her knee.
"Are آپ OK?" I asked as she sat down.
She glanced over at سوفی, لٹانا Clapp, who was demonstrating some اقدام to a couple of guys near one of the hoops.
"It's fine, it didn't really hurt, I just wanted to get out of playing."
"Ah, the old trip-and-fall routine. I've used it many times." I frowned. "Of course, I usually don't have to fake tripping." She laughed at that.
"So what are آپ guys doing tonight?"
"We're going to the Kalaloch Lodge restaurant." I replied.
"Really? That place is great; I went there with my parents once. Oh, I bet it'll be sooo romantic."
"I doubt it. We're triple dating with Alice, Jasper, Emmett and Rosalie."
"On Valentine's Day?" Jessica frowned.
"Alice already had reservations, so I thought why not." I shrugged. "I mean, we're all friends."
"I guess." She didn't sound convince, so I decided to distract her.
"What are آپ and Mike doing?"
"I don't know!" Her face lit up. "He کہا he wants it to be a surprise."
She spent the rest of the period talking about potential scenarios for her evening with Mike.
"You ready to take off?" I gratefully looked up from her rambling at Edward's voice.
"Sure." I got up and grabbed my bag. "Have fun tonight, Jess. See آپ on Monday."
"Bye, آپ guys have fun too." She waved as we walked out of the gym.
"So, what are Jessica and Boy Wonder doing tonight?" I laughed at his nickname for Mike.
"He's surprising her, so I don't know." I noticed a frown forming on his face. Did he worry that I had wanted him to surprise me? I hurried to continue. "I mean, personally I hate surprises, but she's over the moon about it." He visibly relaxed.
"Imagine the disappointment if he just takes her to the فلمیں یا something." He opened the car door for me. "I hope, for Mike's sake, that he has something amazing planned."
"Probably best for everybody's peace of mind." I agreed.
"Are آپ looking آگے to tonight?" He asked after a moment.
"I get to spend the evening with you, don't I?" I hoped that didn't sound too pathetic, but he just smiled.
"I think you've got that backwards."
"What's this place like, anyway? I've never been there."
"It's nice. Not evening gown, tuxedo nice, but آپ might want to skip the jeans."
He dropped me off at home, with the promise of being back to pick me up at six thirty. The reservation was for seven, and since we wouldn't all fit in one car, we were driving there separately.
I spent two hours trying to decide what to wear. In the end, I settled for the first outfit I had tried on; a comfortable, ھاکی, خاکی سکرٹ, گھیرنا – the only one I owned – and the blue سب, سب سے اوپر I had worn on our first date. I topped it off with a سونا ہار I had gotten from mom on my birthday, and was done just as there was a knock on the door.
"Dad? Can آپ get it? I'll be right down." I called down the stairs
I heard Charlie grumble as he went to open the door.
"Hi Chief Swan. Is Bella ready?"
"I'm here." I tripped on the last step in my hurry to get downstairs, and Edward immediately reached out to stop me from falling. But I got a hold of the railing with my right hand. "Hi." I greeted when I had regained my balance.
"Hey." He smiled at me. "You look nice."
"You too." I gave him a once over. He was wearing black trousers and a light blue شرٹ, قمیض under the jacket.
"Midnight, Bells." Charlie کہا before we left. He had been pretty set about my brand new curfew the past couple of weeks, but allowed me to come ہوم later if the movie we went to – I won't call it watched, because there really was no watching – ended later than that.
Sticking with our 'tradition' I picked out a CD from the دستانے, دستانہ compartment as Edward got into the driver's seat. I found Green Day's Nimrod and was about to put it into the CD-player when Edward stopped me.
"I've got something for you." He pulled a CD-case out of the inner pocket of his جیکٹ and handed it to me. "I thought we could listen to it on the way."
"I didn't get anything for you, I didn't know if…" He cut me off سے طرف کی pulling me closer and kissing me.
"That's all I want." He said, pulling back, and I smiled goofily.
"Now who's low maintenance?"
"Guilty as charged." He chuckled.
I popped the CD into the stereo, and Regina Spektor's Samson started playing.
"I hope I got all of your favorites."
"Thank you." I gave him another kiss, which he returned thoroughly. After a few منٹ he pulled away, both of us gasping for breath.
"We should get going." He reluctantly started the car and pulled out of the driveway.
The impromptu make-out session in the car meant that we got to the restaurant a little late, something that Emmett, of course, immediately picked up on.
"What have آپ two been up to then?" He wagged his eyebrows suggestively, and I blushed. Rosalie slapped him over the head.
"Behave!" Alice told him, coming over and looping her arm with mine. "Let's go."
The waiter showed us to a میز, جدول right سے طرف کی the windows, overlooking the water, and the view really was amazing.
"Wow." I mumbled, taking it all in.
"I told you." Alice said, sitting down at the table.
Edward pulled out the chair اگلے to Alice and I sat down, giving him a grateful smile.
"My brother, ever the gentleman." Emmett snickered.
"I wouldn't hurt آپ to be a bit مزید like him every now and then." Rosalie noted pointedly.
"I swear, bro, sometimes I wonder if آپ were born in the wrong century." Emmett glared at Edward. "And can آپ keep that to a minimum around Rose? I don't want her getting a bunch of ideas." Rosalie slapped him over the head again, and the rest of us laughed.
"Would آپ like to order drinks right away?" The waited wondered.
"Cokes all around?" Emmett suggested, and everyone but Rosalie nodded.
"Diet for me, please." She smiled sweetly at the waiter.
"Coming right up." The waiter blinked, looked away from Rose and walked off towards the kitchen, shaking his head in what looked like an attempt to gather his thoughts.
"You shouldn't dazzle people like that." Edward looked at Rosalie pointedly, but she only raised an eyebrow at him.
Dazzle… that was a good word. It was exactly what he did to me every now and then himself.
"Oh, please, bro." Emmett huffed. "Like آپ don't use the fact that girls fall all over you. Like when آپ got us backstage at that کنسرٹ last year, I felt sorry for the poor girl, really… ow!" Rosalie had elbowed him in the ribs. "What?"
She just rolled her eyes at him and then looked over at me. Emmett seemed to finally get the hint.
"Oh, I didn't mean it like that." He quickly assured me. "He just convinced her to let us backstage, it's not like he did anything…"
"Emmett." Edward interrupted. "I'm begging آپ not to help me."
"Really, آپ don't need to." I piped in. "I mean, come on." I looked at Edward, who seemed مزید than a little uncomfortable. "I get that آپ had a life before I came along. It's fine."
"It's just Emmett." Alice rolled her eyes at her brother. "I'm not sure he's ever actually heard of tact."
"Tact's overrated." Emmett brushed off. "I'd rather be honest."
Luckily, the waiter brought our drinks at that moment, and the topic was dropped.
The food turned out to be almost as amazing as the view, and when we had finished eating, everyone agreed that deserts were in order.
It was almost ten سے طرف کی the time we left the restaurant. We کہا goodbye to the others and Edward drove me home.
Charlie had gotten a lot better at not calling to ask where I was when I was out with Edward. Still, we parked a couple of blocks from the house, just in case he'd look out the window.
"I'm sorry about Emmett." Edward started, but I shook my head.
"Like I said, I get that آپ had a life before we met."
"But there's no need for Emmett to bring it up, especially today. It's like whatever pops into his head immediately makes it out his mouth."
"I kind of like that, actually." I said. "You don't have to wonder where he stands."
"I guess that's true." He agreed. "Still, I'm sorry."
"Stop apologizing! یا I'm going ہوم right now." I reached for the door handle, but he stopped me.
"Don't go." He pulled me closer, tilting my head up so he could place a kiss on my nose.
"You missed." I reached up to kiss him properly.
"Morning Bells." Charlie greeted as I came down into the باورچی خانے, باورچی خانہ the اگلے day. "Have a good night?"
"Yeah, the Kalaloch Lodge is really nice."
"It is, and that view."
"You're not going fishing today?" I poured some cereal into a bowl as I spoke. Charlie had been fishing with Billy یا some other friend every Saturday since I had moved to Forks, so it was quite a surprise to find him in the باورچی خانے, باورچی خانہ this morning.
"I am, I'm leaving in a little while. I was waiting for آپ to get up first."
"Why?" I asked suspiciously.
"Just to tell آپ that I'll be going straight over to Billy's tonight after we're done fishing, there's a game on." I started wondering where he was going with this. "And I thought that آپ might want to have Edward over, since you've got the house all to yourself."
"Oh." We hadn't talked about what we were doing tonight, but he had promised that it would be just the two of us, and that would be difficult at the Cullens'. "I guess. We might watch a movie یا something." یا something.
"Well, I just wanted to set some ground rules if he's coming over." He was starting to blush as he کہا this, and I began to dread what was coming. "I don't want him in your bedroom when I'm not in the house. یا when I am, for that matter."
"Dad." I felt the color in my face start to match his. "We'll just watch TV and order take-out."
"Yeah, well, I know teenage boys." He gave me a pointed look. "I used to be one."
"Come on, dad, we've only dated for a few weeks. It's not like that."
He pondered my words for a moment, and seemed to be assured.
"If آپ say so, Bells. Just… be careful, will you?"
Was that Charlie's version of The Sex Talk? If it was, it wasn't a very good one. I decided that it was best to just go with it, and keep us both from any further embarrassment.
He left shortly after that, still looking uncomfortable.
As soon as I had finished breakfast and cleaned up in the kitchen, I called Edward.
"Good morning." I smiled at the sleepy undertone in his voice. "Did I wake you?"
"Nah, just haven't had my morning shot of caffeine yet."
"Did آپ sleep well?"
"Very." I remembered the dream I'd had just before I woke up. It hadn't been anything special; we had just been walking hand-in-hand through the woods سے طرف کی his house. "Turns out Charlie's off to Billy's place for a game tonight, so I've got the whole house to myself."
"Do آپ now?"
"Yep. Thought آپ might want to come over. Watch a movie یا something."
"Sounds like a plan." I heard Emmett yell something in the background. "I've promised Emm and Jazz that I would go with them to Newton's to get some stuff for our camping trip اگلے weekend though, so how about I come over in a couple of hours, after lunch?"
Great. I had almost managed to forget that camping trip. For some reason, unfathomable to me, the Cullen men had a tradition of going camping in the middle of winter. Alice had, however, promised to keep me occupied. We were going to Seattle with Rosalie on Saturday to get them both dresses for the Sadie Hawkins dance that was only three weeks away now, and then we were doing a girls-night-slumber-party with فلمیں and manicures. Which I still needed to talk to Charlie about.
"That'll be great." I'd have plenty of time to clean up the place.
"OK. I've got to go, Emmett's breathing down my neck. See آپ in a while."
I hung up the phone and headed upstairs to throw on some sweats for my cleaning spree.
Despite the fact that my cast still made me a little slower than usual, I'd had time to clean the house, do a couple of loads of laundry, شاور and finish my homework سے طرف کی the time the doorbell rang. I shot a look in the mirror before heading downstairs to open.
"Hey." I stood up on my tip-toes to get a kiss hello, and he happily obliged.
"Quite the welcoming committee." He chuckled when I pulled away, stepping aside so he could come inside.
"A girl can't be happy to see her boyfriend?" He pulled me close as we went into the living room.
"Missed آپ too." He mumbled into my hair, and the sincerity in his voice almost made me shiver. I had already surrendered to the idea that I was falling completely, unequivocally and helplessly in love with him, and the thought that he might be feeling only a fraction of what I felt was comforting.
We spent a couple of hours half-watching Animal Planet before we ordered Mexican food from Plaza Jalisco. When we had eaten, I put The House of the Spirits into the DVD-player. I loved the book, and had borrowed the DVD from Angela the گزشتہ week.
"I actually want to see this movie, so no funny business, mister." I tried to put on a stern look, but he only laughed at me.
"I'll try to behave." He promised, patting the نشست اگلے to him on the couch. "I can't guarantee anything on your part, though." I playfully slapped his arm before pulling my legs up underneath me and cuddling into his side.
At some point during the movie, we lay down on the سوفی, لٹانا to get مزید comfortable. I didn't realize I had fallen asleep until I felt Edward gently shake me awake.
"Charlie's home." He mumbled, and I quickly rubbed the sleep from my eyes.
"How long have I been asleep?"
"It's almost midnight." We had turned the movie on at nine, but I wasn't sure how long I had managed to stay awake. "About two hours."
"You should have woken me up." I struggled to free myself from the blanket Edward must have gotten off the back of the سوفی, لٹانا while I slept.
"You looked so cute, I couldn't." He chuckled a little. "Has anyone ever told آپ that آپ talk in your sleep?"
"What did I say?" I didn't remember what I'd dreamt.
"Not much that was coherent. But آپ کہا my name a couple of times."
Great. Just great. I felt a blush rising on my cheeks. I swung my legs over the side of the سوفی, لٹانا and sat up.
"Hey, don't be embarrassed." He sat up اگلے to me and ran a finger down the side of my cheek. "I dream about you."
"All the time." He kissed me lightly.
I had forgotten that Charlie was outside until the front door opened. I quickly got to my feet, Edward following my lead.
We went into the hallway to meet him.
"Hey dad." He looked at me, then glared at Edward.
"You still here?"
"I was just leaving, sir."
I got a look at myself in the mirror, and realized I had بستر hair.
"I fell asleep on the سوفی, لٹانا when we were watching a movie." I said, running my hand through my hair to straighten it out a little.
"Uh-huh." Charlie passed us and headed into the kitchen. Apparently, he had decided that he didn't want to know.
"I think I'd better head out." Edward said, having picked up on the tension from Charlie.
"That might be best." I agreed grudgingly.
He kissed me goodnight and promised to call the اگلے day.
I decided that I didn't want to deal with Charlie just then, so I just popped my head into the باورچی خانے, باورچی خانہ and کہا goodnight before heading upstairs. He only grumbled in response.
Just as I had turned the lights off, my phone chirped with a message.
I hope I didn't get آپ in trouble with Charlie. Sleep tight, and dream about me – E
I did just that.