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You Don't Know The Half Of It

He would've helped. He really, honestly would've. How was The Famous Edward Cullen supposed to know that his high school girlfriend had given birth to his daughter? How was he supposed to know that his ex-girlfriends brother, who was also her best friend, got in a car accident and the hospital wasnt child friendly? How was he supposed to know that his six year old daughter had to stay with him until her uncle recovered? And how was Emmett supposed to know what stupid was a mean word? AN: A little OOC. Oh, who am I kidding? Bella and Edward are so out of character, its not even funny! Well, I hope its funny. But still. You get what I'm saying. Oh, and banner courtesy of lunamoon!

This is kind of based off the Game Plan. I watched it with my brother and liked the idea of it so I made it a story. Some of the stuff in her is straight out of the movie, but most of the stuff is mine!

18. Getting In Touch

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Bella Swan

I stumbled to my bathroom, in a haze. It was too early to be alive. Even in the hospital with Jack, I didn't wake up until at least ten or eleven. When I was dressed and presentable, I made my way downstairs. Aunt Mari and Grandma were sitting at the table drinking coffee.

"Good morning, darling." Grandma smiled.

"Mornin, Grandma." I smiled back, pouring my self some orange juice.

"So..." Aunt Mari trailed off, looking at me curiously."How's that wedding coming along?"

I groaned. "Not you too!"

Grandma laughed. "Honey, it's plain as day. You and that boy were meant to be together."

I looked at my bare feet and then looked out the window. It was sunny and I could hear the waterfall rushing."Where is everybody?" I asked, changing the subject.

"Grandpa and Uncle Joe are out with the horses. The kids are watching. Oh, and Carson is with Jack. Guy time, you know." Aunt Mari told me. I nodded and sipped my juice.

"What are your plans today, Belle?" Grandma asked.I shrugged.

"I think I might swim."Aunt Mari grinned.

"By yourself?" She asked, suspiciously.

I smiled, slyly.

"It'd be nice to have some company."

Grandma and Aunt Mari laughed. Then I noticed mom and Dino were no where to be found.

"Where's mom?"Aunt Mair sighed.

"She's sticking around your Uncle Joe."I nodded, understanding. Uncle Joe would keep her safe.

"Did Dino ever come in last night?" I asked, curiously.

"Nah." Grandma shook her head.

"Good riddance." Aunt Mari added.

I rolled my eyes. "Oh please. That wasn't the last of him."

They both sighed.

"That's what worries me." Aunt Mari said, quietly.It was quiet for a minute.

"Belle...." Aunt Mari gave me a sad look.

"We've been thinking..." Grandma trailed off, uncertainly, looking at Aunt Mari.

"About your dad." Aunt Mari said, softly.

I froze. My dad? Why did they want to talk about my dad? Give me one reason my dad could possibly be on their minds!

Mari Swan

Look at the poor girl. She's lived her whole defensively. Her whole life she had to be on her guard. No one was there to protect her. Well, there was Jack. But he was just a child himself. Renee was vulnerable after Charlie left them. Jack was strong, and took over. And Bella had feirce determination that helped her through these years.

Charlie was a good big brother. He was protective of Kenzi and I, just like Jack is with Bella. Renee was pregnant with Jack when she was sixteen. Renee's parents didn't exactly approve of Charlie. He was a bit of a free spirit. He liked to think for himself and start a riot. It was just the kind of person he was.

Bella was like a duplicate of him.

I see so much of him in Bella. Everyday I look at that darling face and see my big brother. In Renee's eyes, Charlie left them for dead. In Jack's eyes, he's worthless. In my parents eyes, he's a dissapointment. In my children and my nephews and neices eyes, he's a failure. But when I look into those big brown eyes of Belle's....I see a man that was confused. A man that felt trapped. A free spirit enslaved.

I know Bella wants to blame him. She wants to hate him for walking away from a family. But she doesn't. She loves that man. He was her father. And he always will be. Charlie and Renee weren't getting along real well. That fight Edward and Bella shared, well, that was nothing compared to Renee and Charlie's blow outs. We wouldn't see Charlie for days at a time. Now, I love Renee like a sister. She's welcome in our home any time. But I couldn't help but feel a little hatred towards her when I felt Charlie slipping away. She was pushing my brother away from his family, away from his home.

That night he finally left, Belle was heartbroken. Cried and cried. We couldn't calm her down. The only person she wanted was Jack. He was here lifeline. Her safe haven. God bless that boy. After a few weeks, Renee decided she couldn't stay in this house. So many reminders of Charlie. And to tell the truth, I was glad to see her go. In my mind, I always thought that she should have been the one to leave in the first place. This was Charlie's family and Charlie's house. He grew up here. He belongs here.

The only truly sad thing about the situation was that I not only lost a brother, I lost my neice and nephew. Renee packed them up and moved across the counrty.

Jack made sure that him and Belle visited often as they could. Renee couldn't come. Her son of a bitch husband wouldn't let her out of his site. And he didn't want to go to little old Tennessee with her little brats. Stupid old Italian bastard. Keeping my family from me.I was furious when I heard Renee was re married. That she got over my brother so quickly. Made me want to wring her little neck. I was glad I never saw Renee again.

But when Jack got in that accident and Renee came up here...I saw something I never expected. A ghost in those familiar blue eyes. She wasn't over Charlie. She missed him just as much as Bella. She styed with that Dino man out of fear. Bella confessed that he slapped her around, quite often. That made me nervous. I didn't like Belle in that house.That's why I was so thrilled when Belle moved home before she had Lila. I had me neice back. And a great neice. I'm not that old so I like to think of Little Lila as just my neice. No greats thrown in.

But after all that's gone in the past few weeks, I started talking to Mama about Charlie. And how I want to get in contact with him. I mean, It's been thriteen years since I last saw him. It's time for a reunion. Bella deserves to have her father back. And Lila deserves to know her grandpa.

And hell- Even Charlie deserves to know he has a granddaughter.

"What about my dad?" Bella snapped. Her eyes shown fear. Fear and anguish.

"Well, darlin, we were just thinking it might be nice to get in touch with him." Mama explained.

Belle's mouth flew open. "What?" She gasped.

"Sweetie, we know how much you miss him-"

"I don't miss him." She growled, interupting me.

"Don't lie, darlin. I see it in your eyes. You miss your daddy." Mama smiled sadly at her granddaughter. Belle shook her head.

"No. And even if I did miss him, he doesn't want me. That's why he left." Bella mumbled.

With that she tore out of the house like a hound. We wouldn't be seeing her for a while.

Edward Cullen

I went down to the kitchen, dressed in some of my simplest clothes. A pair of blue jeans and a tee shirt Bella bought me in high school. Still fit like a glove. Mari and Beth were sitting at the small rickety table, looking into their cups of coffee. They perked up a little when they spotted me.

"Well, hello there, sleepy head." Mari laughed.

"Good morning." I chuckled.

"Sleep good?" Beth asked, warmly.

"Excellent." I told her, sitting down across from them.

"Good to hear." Beth got up to dump her cold coffee out. Mari fidgeted nervously.

"Edward, honey....has Bella ever said anything to you....about her dad?" She asked, quietly.

"Not really. Maybe shared a few memories once of twice, but she mostly keeps to herself about that." I explained. They both nodded. "Why do you ask?"

"Well, we're hoping to get in touch with Charlie soon." Beth explained. I made an 'Ah' noise and nodded. Bella wouldn't appreciate that too much.

"Belle's a little upset." Mari added, softly. I could see why.

"I'll talk to her." I reassured them. They nodded, gratefully.

It was nice to know I was easing these sweet women's troubles.