What if the Cullens had not been in Forks when Bella went to live with her father. What if she had the life she was supposed to have with Jacob on the reservation in La Push. What if after several extremely happy years of marriage the Cullens did return to the area and Bella had to interact with them every day. Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the authors. No money is being made from this work. No copyright infringement is intended.
15. Chapter 15 - Stolen Moments
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I was just going to meet David after school so I could ease his transition into teaching. I repeated it to myself again as I drove away from La Push. New teachers need mentors, God knows I could have used one, and David’s just happened to be the person he replaced. I was fulfilling a promise I made to Principal Greene. My students deserved the best teacher they could get and I was just helping them out in any way I could.
LIES! my subconscious whispered to me.
No, no, no, it was all true. Everything I just told myself was the 100% truth.
Everything? my subconscious whispered back.
I didn’t mean to say that at loud. I sheepishly looked around the empty car just to reassure myself that no one else could have heard me. It seems I have a serious case of the lady doth protest too much.
So maybe my subconscious had a point. Maybe I was hoping to see the Cullens. I really missed Alice. OKAY! So I was hoping to run into Edward, to run right into his open arms and have him hold me and…
NO!!!!! What part of married and family did I not understand? I have a perfect husband at home; he even picks up his socks. Our foot and a half height difference should be our biggest problem. We had gone to bed early every night since my gratuitous use of cold medicine last week. Jacob seemed thrilled with this turn of events in our marriage but it was a combination of guilt and the need for deep and dreamless sleep that were the true causes. Not that going to bed early wasn’t enjoyable. My infatuation with Edward had brought my marriage back to its early days and I certainly had a bigger smile on my face than usual.
Of course because vampires were around, the pack was making regular patrols. Thanks to the pack mind all of them knew the intimate details of my enhanced love life and I swear the boys haven’t looked at me like that in years. Not for the first time I found myself wishing they would just imprint already. Couldn’t they at least play the field a bit so that I wouldn’t be at the center of their fantasies?
By the time I got to the school I was flush with embarrassment and a little bit aroused. This was not how I needed to meet with David. He sounded a bit overwhelmed when he called and I should be able to give him my full attention
“Mrs. Black,” Alice called from across the quad.
Of course she knew I would be here.
“Hi Alice.” She was at my side faster than should have been possible.
“Mr. Sweeny will do fine, Bella.”
“Are you suggesting that I should leave him alone?”
“No. He needs you help. I just wanted to reassure you that no one will be forced to go to Peninsula Community College because you left.”
Alice gave me a quick hug and a peck on the cheek and ran off. I wondered what that was about as I walked to David’s classroom. At least I would be able to concentrate on the subject at hand.
We had a long talk about book choices, lesson plans and covering material that would get the students through their various exams. I told him what to expect from the students as a whole and from some of the more interesting individuals. We looked at samples of their work from the previous semester so he could see where they were and what types of grades they would be expecting for what level of work.
He asked me about the Cullens, having noticed that they were rather advanced, and I told him that they went to a special school in Canada which put them far above the other students. I didn’t go into any more details and David seemed overwhelmed enough that he didn’t press for more information.
When I left his office I had about half an hour before I had to go to Charlie’s for dinner. Since I stopped teaching he was worried that I wouldn’t come to visit anymore so we arranged that I would stop by every time I came to town to work with David. Jacob really didn’t want me leaving the reservation where he could not keep me safe but I had responsibilities to the school and to my father so he didn’t have much of a choice.
I walked around the school grounds, remembering some of the more interesting things that happened here. Most of the teachers were still in their classrooms grading papers and preparing lesson plans and I thought I might stop in and say hi to a few of them.
As I turned the corner of the science building I saw Edward. He was leaning against the building looking like a statue of a Greek god that someone had put clothes on. His sweater was just fitted enough to have me wondering about his clothes off and I blushed deeply. Edward grinned his lopsided grin at my obvious discomfort and my heart stuttered. Why oh why did this have to be happening to me? I’m a married woman. A happily married woman with a wonderful husband. And kids for heaven’s sake!
I had no idea what expression was on my face but Edward responded to it with a dark look. Maybe he knew what I was thinking and was disapproving of me.
“I’m sorry,” he said, his voice nearly a whisper, “I had to see you.”
My mind couldn’t make sense of what he was saying. He had stolen my line but there was no way I would have admitted that out loud. Edward wasn’t my student any more but this was still wrong on so many levels. I should just leave, walk away and not turn back. Now.
Okay, that wasn’t happening.
“Hi,” I breathed finally. I had no idea how much time had passed from when I saw him to when I finally said hello.
I looked up into his face and was mesmerized by his deep amber eyes, darker than when I last saw him.
My hand reached out and touched his cold hard face. His breath caught momentarily. The electricity that ran between us was more intense than anything I’d ever felt before. I would have assumed that is was a vampire thing but I never felt anything like it when I touched Alice.
“I’m glad you came,” I said. My heart was beating overtime and realizing that he could probably hear it I blushed deeply. “You know, I hardly blushed in years before your family came to Forks.”
“It’s beautiful,” he said, “so full of life.”
“I… I have to go… home… to Jacob.”
“Be safe, Bella.” His eyes burned as he said it and I tried to figure out if there was some deeper meaning or intention to his words.
When I finally turned I wanted to run away but I knew that if I did I would fall. I walked straight to my car and drove to Charlie’s house, glad that I wasn’t going straight home to see Jacob.
Sue had brought the boys to my dad’s for dinner and I was glad for the distraction. There was no way that I could have kept up with a conversation. While none of us were particularly chatty I hadn’t seen Charlie or Sue in a week and I would have been expected to say something. We were able to prattle on amiably about the boys and how their day went. They had missed Gramma Sue and were very excited. The evening went late and by the time we got home the boys had fallen asleep in the car.
As Jacob helped me put them to bed I noticed his nose wrinkle in disgust. I had forgotten about vampire smell and was suddenly grateful to Alice for hugging me when I arrived at the school. I briefly wondered whether she planned it that way.
“So how was your day,” Jacob spat.
“Long,” I said, not wanting to match his antagonism. “David needed a lot of help. His first week on the job has left him frazzled. I ran into Alice Cullen. She wanted to make sure I didn’t feel guilty about leaving. You know how I can get.”
Jacob’s face visibly relaxed and I felt bad about the lie that my truthful statement masked.
“I’m exhausted,” I said. “I’m going to take a shower and crash.”
I had sleeping pills in my purse. Jacob would eventually notice if I kept taking cold medication. There was no way I was going to let him know about my visit with Edward. Nothing had happened anyway. I didn’t know how I was going to keep from talking in my sleep forever though. What I did know was that I would see Edward next week when I went to visit David again.
- Chapter 2 - The Cottage
- Chapter 3 - Dr. Cullen
- Chapter 4 - Council Meeting
- Chapter 5 - Message
- Chapter 6 - First Day of School
- Chapter 7 - Birthday Present
- Chapter 8 - Please Help Me Name This Chapter
- Chapter 9 - Accident
- Chapter 10 - Forbidden
- Chapter 11 - Cold
- Chapter 12 - Walk in the Woods
- Chapter 13 - Consequences
- Chapter 14 - Goodbyes
- Chapter 15 - Stolen Moments
- Chapter 16 - Party
- Chapter 17 - Lost
- Chapter 18 - Stranger
- Chapter 19 - Saved
- Chapter 20 - Decision
- Chapter 21 - Return
- Epilogue - Bella Turns 30
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