Back from the Past
A 'Pride and Prejudice' play in the present, and a bet among heartbreakers, Edward and Emmett in the past: The last to marry wins the Cullen estate. What happens when Jasper Whitlock finds a way to time travel, and the whole group meets. Will the pairs fall in love? We shall see...
AN: So this is a new story that I had the inclination to write last night. I’m really excited about it, more so than I was with What We Become. That may be a sign that this story will do just as well as the latter. I am just going to say that this story is meant to be a romance. I have read dozens of historical fiction novels, novels based in the 19 th century etc. I love writing from the perspective of those types of stories. You probably figured that out in my previous story, Edward and Isabella . Whether you think I have skill in that department is your opinion only. Enjoy. DISCLAIMER: I do not own Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, though I use her characters and setting. This story was inspired by the movie Kate and Leopold , starring Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman (sexy as ever).
10. Chapter 10
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I leaned my head back against the wall and took in a long deep breath. Slowly, James placed his head on my shoulder and we waited. Everything around us was quiet, which was normal for the middle of the night. But, I would have expected to hear the cars and people outside, but there was nothing. Everything began to come into focus then. And the honking from outside could be heard again.
“How long do you expect to be alone?” James asked a moment later when he rolled off me and swung his legs off the bed. I licked my lips and came up behind him, wrapping my arms around his neck.
“That depends.” I murmured into his shoulder. “How long do you expect on staying?”
“Not long,” was his answer, and then he sighed. I closed my eyes for a moment and then stood up and got dressed. James watched absently and then he followed me, wearing his own pants, out of my bedroom and into the empty apartment. I turned on the lamp near the balcony and looked outside. There were still a lot of people outside, and now I could hear them clearly. The light behind me let me see the reflection of James as he walked through the kitchen eyeing all the electronics. I sighed and turned around, heading to the bathroom. I need a little time to think.
Silently I showered. I could not hear a thing coming from the living room. As I dressed and looked at my pale reflection as I brush my hair, I knew he wouldn’t be there when I left the bathroom. It was just a nudge at the back of my mind. James was no where to be seen as I left the bathroom, but a knock at the door kept me from exploring the rest of the apartment. I headed to the door, unlocking it without checking through the peep hole. I regretted this instantly. It was Edward. I gasped in surprise, and then I was annoyed.
“What are you doing here?” I stage whispered. He looked down at me, his head slanted to the side, and then his mouth turned into a half smile.
“I applaud you on your choice of attire, although I think something must be done if there is someone else within these walls.” He motioned to my apartment as I looked down at my small housecoat. I rolled my eyes and looked behind me, thankful to not see James. With a sigh I pushed Edward out of the apartment and stood with him in the hall, closing the door behind me silently.
“First you completely stalk me all night. You wouldn’t leave me alone! And now you’re showing up at my apartment? I don’t know how you do it in your century” I pushed him into the opposite wall, but he only looked bemused, “but here we get restraining orders when people act like you.” I huffed.
“Do you realize how dashing you look when you’re cheeks get red like..” He didn’t finish, instead lifting his fingertips and pressing them to my cheekbone. I blushed further and he smiled. I took a step back, shaking my head.
“Why not? Don’t you like it when I touch you.” Edward’s voice was rich and soft and he reached out again. My back was against the door, I had no where to go. I took in a sharp breath and just watched his face carefully as his fingers trailed from my temple to my jaw line. My heartbeat picked up, and I guess he took that as an invitation to keep touching me. His fingers slid down my collar bone and then my entire vision fell out of focus. My heart completely stopped.
I fell backwards just as the door opened from the other side. James’s arms caught me, and he held me against him. I pushed my feet back so I could stand up on my own feet, but he wouldn’t let go of me. I watched as a shadow fell across Edward’s face. Then it was gone. He smiled politely, but his eyes shot darts of disgust towards James. Maybe there was more going on between them then I thought?
“I thought you left” I murmured to James.
“Clearly you were mistaken.” He pushed me to his side and I tried to catch my footing. I leaned against the door frame, glancing from Edward and back to James. “Please tell me also that I was mistaken that you were just kissing Mr. Cullen here.”
“Don’t worry Ford, my lips came no where near dear Bella here. If they had, she would have fainted completely.” He winked at me, a grin on his perfect mouth. I sighed, and the smile vanished when James’s fist made contact with him.
“Stop!” I screamed as Edward laughed and swung his fist back at James, punching him right in the nose.
“I hope I broke it this time!” Edward said as he stood over James, who was crunched over, blood seeping from between his fingers and falling to the linoleum below.
“This time?! How many times have you willingly hit him?” I looked up into Edward’s triumphant face in astonishment.
“Once, but I’ve wanted to many a time before that.”
My mouth dropped open and I just shook my head. I turned to James and placed my hand on his shoulder.
“James, are you okay?”
“Yes, James, are you well?” Edward asked with no sympathy in his voice at all.
“James?” I asked again.
“Just get away for a minute!” He said to me. I let go of him without saying a word and stepped back.
“Back to the reason for my arrival on your doorstep. I just came to inform you that I have an audition for a role in the Austin production.” Edward spoke to me as if the past ten minutes had not even happened at all. I glared at him, my fingers clenched into fists at my sides.
“Oh yeah?” I said icily. “You do know that you have to be a student at my school to even audition to be a lighting person.”
“I did assume that, and Alice told me. So, as of this morning I am now an enrolled student at your academy.” His answering smile would have made me stagger if I was not completely angry with him.
“Ha!” I laughed as James turned around and made his way to the kitchen sink to clean his face. “As if I believe that! You have to have class to enrol, you have to have skills among other things!”
Edward took a step towards me and took my hand.
“Oh, just between you and I, let me tell you that I have skills beyond what you can imagine.” He whispered as he lightly rubbed a circle on the inside of my palm. Of course my breath hitched and I took in the scent of him. “Besides, I am quite a good actor. And I did promise a sizeable donation to the campus.” I couldn’t say anything! I was completely rendered speechless. “So, Isabella, will you be my Elizabeth if I become your Mr. Darcy?”
Rosalie smiled slightly as a warm hand slide up through her hair, fanning it out across the pillows. He continued the motion a few times, each time his hand hesitated for a longer period of time near her face. She dared not to open her eyes. She felt his warm breath on her chin before his lips pressed softly to hers. And then she moaned, reaching up and cupping the back of his neck to keep him there, which just invited him to prolong the moment with rougher kisses.She opened her eyes to see him staring back. A bit unnerved, she tried to pull back, but instead, Emmett pushed her farther into the pillows, and then all thoughts of ending this was gone. His hands clenched at her hips and she couldn’t wait to begin again.
“Can I take you somewhere?” Emmett whispered into her ear fifteen minutes later. Out of breath, she merely nodded, hoping that was enough. “Are you speechless, my love….”