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Message in a Bottle

Summary:
Edward's parents have just died. Bella just broke up with long time boyfriend, James. Neither know the other exists until Bella finds Edward's message in a bottle on the beach. Can love overcome death and pain? AU/AH messageinabottle.jpg picture by doomedsoul1212


Notes:
So this is a story i've been thinking about doing for a while. Read on!


7. Chapter 7

Rating 4.5/5   Word Count 2371   Review this Chapter

Chapter 7:

EPOV

Bella. I woke up with her name running through my mind yet again. Today was the first day I was going back to work at the record label. It was mainly a desk job so I’d easily be able to talk to Bella during the day. I was in serious danger of falling for this woman. It was like when I talked with her all my pain was just gone. I could be myself and live my life with out being plagued by guilt every day. It’d gotten so bad that sometimes I just didn’t want to get out of bed. After speaking to Bella each day was just a little better.

Thinking of Bella reminded me of her stalker, psycho ex-boyfriend, problem. I ground my teeth together at that thought. It was bad enough that he was scaring her, but I wasn’t anywhere near her to be able to comfort her.

I got out of bed and walked sleepily to the kitchen. I poured myself a cup of coffee and then sat down with the morning paper. The news didn’t hold my attention for long and I went to my room to pick out my clothes for the day. The record label was a pretty laid back place so I settled on a pair of stone washed jeans and a black casual button up.

I picked up my keys from the counter and walked out the front door, locking it behind me. I jogged to my Volvo and slid into the drivers seat. It purred to life when I put the key in the ignition.

I turned the radio to a classical music station and let my thoughts drift as I drove to work. I passed the sign for Cullen Records as I drove into the parking lot. Cullen, the name of my new ‘parents.’ Honestly, if it wasn’t for legal matters I wouldn’t be putting them as my legal guardians at all, but it was my parents wishes and I respected that so I would take Esme and Carlisle as my guardians, that doesn’t mean I’ll take their last name. I plan to stay with Edward Anthony Masen. I don’t have anything against Carlisle or Esme except that they aren’t my parents, but they were my parent’s best friends.

I got out of my car and walked into the building heading towards my office. “Good morning Edward.” Jessica, the secretary tried to purr at me. I shuddered but smiled at her politely on the way to my office. As I sat down in my desk chair, my cell phone went off.

“I was spinning free
Whoa...
With a little sweet and simple numbing me.
What a dizzy dance
Whoa...
Ah, ah, ah
This sweetness will not be concerned with me.”

My ringtone played in the otherwise silent office. I quickly reached into my pocket and flipped it open. “Hello?”

“Hi Edward, this is Alice, Bella’s friend.” I smiled, how could I not know? Jasper was practically obsessed with her, something about feeling a connection.

“Of course. Hello Alice.”

“Hi Edward, so Bella’s birthday is coming up…” She trailed off.

“Well, I kind of already got you and Rosalie and Jasper to come down here for the weekend.” She said in a rush.

“You didn’t have to do that Alice.” Inside I was rejoicing. I got to actually meet my Bella. I mean Bella. Not my Bella. Not yet at least.

“Of course I did. Anyways I have my own selfish reasons.” I rolled my eyes and smiled.

“Let me guess, Jasper?” I said with a laugh.

“Maybe…” She said. I could practically hear her blushing. She went over the details with me for a few minutes before she said she had to go.

“Ok Alice. I’ll check with Rose and Jasper to see if their free. He likes you, you know.” I told her. I heard her squeal before she muttered a quick goodbye and hung up. I chuckled to myself and spun myself in my chair to face my computer. I booted it up and checked my e-mail. I felt my attitude drop slightly when I saw that Bella wasn’t online.

I opened the e-mails I had gotten for work. My mood was slowly dropping as I read that the new artists I loved were not being recorded. I sighed in exasperation and pinched the bridge of my nose between my thumb and forefinger. I picked up my work phone and dialed Jasper’s cell.

“Edward?” I wondered for a moment how he knew that. And then it hit me, caller ID, duh. Today was not going to be my best day even after Alice’s spectacular phone call.

“Your girlfriend just called and told me we have a free weekend trip to Florida.”

“Seriously? Why?” I could hear the smile and the excitement in his voice.

“Bella’s birthday is coming up and Alice is surprising her with all of us. Though she did mention she was especially looking forward to meeting you face to face.”

“She did?” He was getting more excited by the minute.

I chuckled quietly. “She did. Anyways it’s next weekend, Saturday’s the 13, Bella’s birthday. We’re leaving Friday so get Friday off. I need to call Rose so I’ll talk to you later.”

“Bye, Ed.”

“Bye, Jazz.” If he was going to use my crappy nickname, I was going to use his.

I hung up with a smile on my face and then dialed Rose’s cell phone. She picked up on the second ring.

“What’s up Edward?” She asked, a slightly bored tone to her voice.

“Well Alice just called and said we are going on a weekend trip to Florida.” Rose squealed and I had to pull my phone away from my ear.

“When? Why? How? Do I get to meet Emmett? Is Jasper coming too?” She started shooting questions at me and I had to smile.

“The weekend of the 13th, next weekend. We’re going because it’s Bella’s birthday and Alice wants to surprise her. We’re taking a plane Friday so get that day off. Yes you’ll get to meet Emmett. And yes Jasper is coming.” I answered her questions.

“This is going to be so much fun! I need to go shopping for a bathing suit and a new fall wardrobe…” She started talking fashion and I cut her off with a chuckle.

“Bye Rose.”

“Bye Eddie.” She said absently. I heard a click on her end and I knew she’d hung up. I sat back in my chair with a chuckle. Rose had finally found her man. Thinking about Emmett made me think about Bella and thinking about Bella made me think about the trip and thinking about the trip made my face break out in a silly grin and I started humming happily to my own tune.

After a moment I sat back to think about this tune and an idea started to form in my head about what I was going to get Bella for her birthday. It would be meaningful and I really hoped she would like it. With that hope budding in my mind, I walked over to my separate soundproof music room and sat down at the upright piano. I settled my fingers on the keys and started my work on Bella’s lullaby.

*~*~*~*~*

The next week passed quickly and I talked to Bella every night, either online or by texting. Before I knew it, it was Thursday evening and I was standing in front of an open suitcase, gazing at the emptiness. I had no idea what the weather was like in Florida in the middle of September so I just started shoving piles of clothes into my suitcase. I threw in shorts, t-shirts, and everything in between.

When I was finally packed and my suitcase was waiting by the door, I crawled into bed and stared at the ceiling. I had no clue on how tomorrow was going to turn out, but I hoped with everything I had that it would be good and that Bella would love the surprise.

I did manage to fall asleep eventually and I slept a peaceful dreamless sleep for once. It seemed that just knowing Bella helped me immensely and I could get hours of sleep.

*~*~*~*~*~*

Morning dawned bright and clear, a good omen. I jumped out of bed and slipped on a black t-shirt with Disturbed’s symbol on it and a pair of jeans. Rose and Jasper were supposed to be meeting me here at 8 so I had about half an hour to get ready.

I ate a quick breakfast and then double-checked my suitcase to make sure I had everything I needed.

A knock on the door came exactly at 8 and I picked up my suitcase and slung my carry on over my shoulder. I opened the door and said a quick hello to Jasper before turning and shutting the door and locking it. The walk to Jasper’s car was silent, but I could sense the excitement coming off him. Rose waved to me from the passenger seat and I smiled back at her.

It really hit me as we were driving to the airport that I was going to be meeting my lovely Bella. The nerves started to set in and I started worrying about how she would take the surprise. Would she be happy to see me?

“Calm down Edward.” Rose said, turning in her seat to roll her eyes at me. Apparently I was a little more obvious than I thought.

I turned and faced the window, watching the scenery pass by and before I knew it we were at the airport. Jasper had printed our tickets for us so we just had to get through security, which was easy enough. We found our gate and set our bags down. Rose wanted to go look at shops and such and Jasper wanted to get Alice something so I settled down to watch our bags.

“Eddie? Is that you?” I’m sure at that moment I got the look of a deer in headlights. That was the voice of one person I never ever wanted to deal with again. Tanya.

I growled quietly and forced a smile on my face. “Hello Tanya. Are you going out of town?” I asked politely, silently praying for Rose or Jasper to come back. Tanya sat down in the seat next to me and crossed her legs in what I’m sure was supposed to be an alluring way, but just made her look like a cheap hooker.

“I’m going to visit some relatives in Florida.” She said. NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHE CANNOT BE ON THE SAME FLIGHT AS ME!!!!!! I screamed inwardly.

“Oh that sounds lovely.” I said, an edge to my voice. “I’m going down to meet my girlfriend’s parents.” I lied smoothly. Tanya’s face dropped immediately.

“Oh well…” She said, a snobby edge to her voice, the polite charade gone completely.

“Yeah, it’s still in the early stages, but I’m hoping to marry her some day.” All I could think about was Bella. Bella in a wedding dress, Bella pregnant with my child, little bronze haired-green eyed clumsy children running around everywhere. I shook my head to rid it of images of things that would probably never happen.

Thankfully, Jasper showed up at that moment and I had someone with a brain to talk to. Tanya was sulking in her seat and I was getting more and more annoyed that she couldn’t take a hint and leave.

She stayed silent when Rose showed up, a questioning look in her eyes. I rolled my eyes and gave her a look to let her know I’d tell her about it later. Rose took pity on Tanya and struck up a conversation with her until they called for us to board.

Jasper, Rose and I ended up in seats next to each other with Rose in the window seat, Jasper in the middle and I got the aisle. Tanya was not sitting anywhere near us and I thanked the flight gods repeatedly for that.

Take-off went smoothly and soon we were allowed to turn on electronic devices. I pulled my iPod out of my carryon and set it to the classical music play-list. Claire De Lune started and I relaxed back in my seat, closing my eyes.

We’ll be landing in 5 minutes. Please make sure your tray tables are in an upright and locked position, your seat is not tipped back and all electronics are stowed.

I jolted awake and rubbed my eyes, trying to rid them of sleep. Rose and Jasper were trying not to laugh and I glared at them before running a nervous hand through my hair.

“You’re not going to tame it.” Rose commented as the plane started to descend towards Earth. I rolled my eyes and started almost bouncing up and down in my seat. Rose and Jasper were watching me, amusement obvious in their eyes. I sighed and settled down for a moment. To distract myself I thought of memories with my parents and the good times we had. I smiled sadly for a moment and then thoughts of Bella distracted me from my distraction and I started bouncing up and down again.

My behavior surprised me and I actually realized how much simply talking to Bella was changing me. I was happy again and I hadn’t been truly happy in a while. I considered that for a moment and then we hit the runway and I was back to thinking about Bella.

The second we were allowed to start getting our bags together and leaving the plane I jumped up and started down the aisle. Jasper and Rose finally just burst out into laughter and rolled my eyes before stalking off the plane. I waited impatiently for them, turning my phone on at the same time, and then we continued towards baggage claim. I started scanning the people surrounding me and I finally spotted her.

Alice was standing next to her and she whipped out her phone. Almost instantaneously I felt my phone vibrate in my pocket.

Call out to her.

I smiled at Alice. “BELLA!” I yelled. She turned a shocked gaze to me.

Bella.