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Love is a War

Summary:
Love is like war ~ easy to start, hard to end, impossible to forget. They meet, they fall in love, they have to part. He promised to contact her, but never did, she promised to wait for him. A year later they have to live in the same residential community. She is hurt, broken. He wants her back. *lemons* - very OOC BannerFans.com


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14. Chapter 14: Dares

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A/N:

I know it's a filler, but everybody asked for some happy time (little crisis that will happen apart)... and since I didn't want to bring anything new in just yet, you'll have to live with this. I still hope that you like it though!

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Chapter 14: Dares

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Tequila, Youngbloodz

“Now let me tell you about this girl Tequila
she was born in eighteen hundred
she makes me feel real woozy
sometimes sick to my stomach (ohhh)
but I love this girl Tequila
one shot of her love, it's over
she takes all my money
and all I want to do is hold her....Tequila
my Mexican lover”

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BPOV

To say I was a nervous wreck, while I was descending the stairs to the kitchen, would be an understatement.

After the events of last night I had no idea how to face Alice and my new found friends. Did they hear us yesterday? Would they be mad because of what happened? Because of how I've acted?

I sure hoped that they didn't hear what happened in my room yesterday. What we did... and what we discussed. Well, rather how we yelled at each other after what we did and then Edward's long speech. He would make a great attorney as he is able to hold this long speeches without letting anyone interrupt him.

Edward must have sensed my inner debate because he leaned in and whispered in my ear, “It will be alright,” before kissing me on the cheek and then squeezing my hand a little bit tighter.

He was right. It would be alright. I mean, what could happen? Would they be mad at us? Mad at me? Disappointed? I could take that.

I was sure Alice will find a way to punish me for simply disappearing last night and not opening the door. She was going to punish me with some shopping trip and a round of Bella-Barbie. Or worse, she would probably insist on both.

Rosalie... I think she will simply be happy that I emerged from my room and didn't stay there forever wallowing over something she thought was of no importance. In the short time I knew her I found out that Rosalie wasn't one of the emotional kind. She didn't like expressing feelings. She was cold to everybody she didn't know well. Giving everybody a hard time. But if somebody took the time to get to know her, they would be impressed with what they found. Not that I really had the time to, but that was the impression I was under. Still she had that aura around her that made it seem as if she thought about everybody and everything as something replaceable. She wouldn't mourn over something the way I would. She would move on.

But the girls were not what I was nervous about. I knew that ifthere was something wrong we would be able to work things out. What I was worried about were the guys. Emmett in particular. Jasper seemed like the calm guy. He was a man of few words and I don't think that he had something to sayabout the whole situation, seeing as he didn't really bother talking to me or hanging out with me on a daily basis either. If it wasn't for the fact that Alice was his fiancée – I still couldn't overcome the shock of how fast things went between them – and Rosalie his sister, I don't think that we would have even bothered to say hello to each other, seeing as we didn't really have anything in common.

And then there was Emmett. He was going to give me a hard time about all that. No matter how Edward and I would act, Emmet could smell distress or when something was up. I was sure he already knew everything that had happened and he wasn't going to go easy on us. He never did. We would have to face him and his side comments as well as all of his questions, suggestions, stories and whatever else he would want to offer. To say I was scared shitless of that encounter wouldn't cover what I really felt. God, if I only would have stayed in bed a little while longer. Maybe he would have gone to a friend or something? Please don’t let him be in the room now. I didn't know if I was able to deal with him right now.

I swallowed hard the moment we reached the kitchen door. I could hear the sound of dishes being moved around in the room and voices talking. I quickly looked at Edward who only gave me a reassuring smile but then frowned slightly as he, too, realized what we would have to face now. He didn’t like the idea of facing Emmett more than I did.

With one long breath I opened the door and entered the room dragging Edward behind me. The room fell silent as Edward and I made our way to the spot we usually sat in.

As we sat down, I looked up to everyone and could see concern written all over Alice's face. Rosalie looked angry, Jasper as if he wouldn't care and Emmett... well, he looked amused. Not what I wanted him to look like.

The silence started to get uncomfortable after a little while and I could feel Edward starting to get stiffer by the minute next to me. That is until Emmet decided to take matters in his own hands.

“So, you both had a nice night, yesterday?” he asked while raising his eyebrows.

I knew immediately what he meant but I didn't want to answer him. Really, I was in no mood for his comments right now. Thank god Edward did.

“Emmett, just shut up,” he muttered under his breath.

“Why? Didn't little Edward get it? I thought I could hear his name being cried out quiet often.”

Did he really say that? Gaah! I wanted an earthquake to come and shake the place strong enough for a hole to open so I could fall in and never resurface.

“Oh actually Emmett, I do too recall some of that.”

No he didn't, did he? I shot Edward a very annoyed look. He was going to take Emmett's side?

“Oh, so now you are not denying you had a good time?”

“Never did, Emmett. Never did,” Edward muttered under his breath. Was that it? Would he have to tell him everything to shut him up? Was that what Edward was planning? Please, no!

“So Bella,” Emmett began and looked over to me, “I am very disappointed in you.”

“You are?” I asked. What was there he would be disappointed off?

“Of course I am! Who would have thought that my small baby sister would be able to do that? Bella!”

“Emmett, first of all, I am not your baby sister, it's Alice and I do not recall you having any problem with her activities, so why do you bother with mine? Secondly, stay out of this. It is not as if it has anything to do with you.” Please, please, please let him back off already. I have no idea how to make him shut up.

“Oh B, don't be this way. It has something to do with me. Not only did you not let me sleep yesterday but you woke me up today too. I think I have some right to complain here. And about my baby sister, I think she is grown up enough to make her own decisions.”

“Oh and I am not?”

“Bella, you know what I mean. That is my business.”

“Well, not anymore.”

“But it was loud Bella, it was loud! So loud I couldn't sleep.”

“Emmett! Shut up, ok? I don't want to deal with you right now!” Oh my god, that was so humiliating. And Edward wasn't saying anything to my defense!

“Why so moody? Didn't you get enough? It didn't sound like that at all.”

“Argh! Emmett, I am not going to play this game with you. You can say whatever you want, I don't care. Now, what is for breakfast?”

“I thought you had your fair share of breakfast for today, B.” Do you kill him, or don't you now?

“Um,” Alice finally spoke up, “Emmett, leave Bella some place to breathe okay?” She looked over to me and I realized that she was also uncomfortable with that situation.

“So, what is for breakfast?” Edward asked again.

“Well, actually you should know. I think that that were the only duties you had in this house?” Jasper said.

That was right. We had to cook and everybody else would do everything else.

“But since you preferred to spend your time not making breakfast but doing each other we had to see how we would survive on our own,” Emmett ended for Jasper, earning a slap from Rosalie and a glare that went over to Edward.

“Oh,” is all I answered. Why would Rosalie glare at Edward?

Silence spread again and it started getting more and more uncomfortable once again. Was it going to stay this way for long? I couldn't imagine having to live this way for the whole year.

It turned out Rosalie had made some pancakes we all ate.

“So”, Alice began while still eating, “I am sure you know that you are not going to get away from this that easily right, Bella?”

“Um, yeah, I suppose,” I whispered the last part.

“And you know what your punishment will be?” Alice asked and looked over to Rosalie.

“Well, I can imagine.”

“Good, so you know that we have a shopping trip planned on Monday and you have no say in what you buy. Then we have a girls night tomorrow and just so you know a Bella make over. You really need a new haircut.”

“Bossy, much, Alice? Really, back off a little bit. My hair is just fine.”

“I'm not bossy. I just know what you should be doing. And yes it is just fine, that is the problem. Anything else?”

“Um, no,” I answered her.

“Good!” Alice shot out of her place and came over to my side. She put me in a hug and then squealed and said, “happy birthday, Bella!”

I groaned. What was it with her mood swings, but then again, it is Alice I am talking about!

After about five minutes of everybody wishing me happy birthday we settled down and started eating. Rosalie kept sending Edward death glares and Jasper seemed to be pissed at him as well. I decided I would ask him later about it. No need to inflame it now. I kept glancing in their direction, though, and every time their eyes would catch mine they would nod and smile at me.

Odd.

After we ate, Alice and Rosalie came over to me and stood in front of me expectantly, with their arms crossed over their chests.

“What?” I asked, my voice stressed. This sight meant nothing good.

“We have work to attend to,” answered Alice. I knew what Alice's work is and I surely did not want to do that now.

“Come on Alice, not now, ok? It is my birthday. You said you would go on your mission tomorrow during our girls night and you even got me to agree to shopping. What else do you want?”

“Well, since you blew up everything we did yesterday you have to pay for it now. We can't have a party without looking good for it,” answered Rosalie for her.

“Wait. We are having a party?”

“Of course we are. Now stand up.” Alice tugged on my hand and drugged me into her room.

As soon as we all were in it, she locked the door behind us.

“So... what is this all about?” I asked with a wary look.

“Don't look so intimidated. We are only going to dress you up a little bit. Not too much, we promise, since we are going to stay in.”

“If we stay in then why do I need to dress up?”

“Because I say so. No party is a party if the main person isn't dressed up.”

“But Alice-”

“No, no 'but Alice', we got some serious business to attend to. Look at your hair girl!” Rosalie jumped in.

“Great, now everybody is against me,” I muttered under my breath. Alice might have heard me because she shot me one of those huge grins she saved for when she knew she won.

The girls started running through Alice's huge dresser to find something for me to wear while I sat on Alice's bed.

“Girls, why do we have to do this?” I asked after some time.

“Because, and I'll say it only one more time, you blew up the party yesterday so you have to suffer through a second one. Although I don't think it'll be as great as the one first planned since Edward put really much work in it, but we'll make the best out of it.”

“What do you mean I blew up the party yesterday?” I asked Alice.

“You didn't get it?” she asked in pure horror while she came out of the closet and threw some jeans on her bed beside me.

“Get what Alice? What?” I asked getting agitated by her behavior.

“Agh, Rosalie tell her. She is blinder than I thought,” she said and turned and walked into the closet again.

“So Bella,” Rose started as she came out with a pair of heels, “you really didn't realize what it was all about?”

“What was what about?”

“I think we hid it good Alice,” Rosalie said then.

“Hid what?” I groaned. And then it came to me. “Wait! It was all about it? That silent treatment? Because of the party?” I asked. No way could that be true.

Rosalie laughed and nodded.

“You didn't talk to me and avoided me this long because of that thing yesterday?” I started to get angry. This long I plotted different ways to get them back for that and now I found out that they did that for me!

“Yeah well, it wasn't like we didn't have anything to hide. There was much preparation to do and we were afraid that we would slip and, well, destroy the surprise for you.”

“Oh my god, I am so mad at you right now.”

“Why are you mad?” Rosalie asked. Now she was the one wearing the shocked expression.

“Because of what you did! Do you know how I felt?”

Alice chose that moment to come out with a blouse and threw it to where the jeans were.

“Well, it isn't as if it was easier for us. And imagine getting Emmett to shut up and not tell you. But anyway that is not the point now. Get dressed.”

I got up from the bed and started putting the clothes on the girls had chosen for me. After a while of silence I decided to ask them what they had planned.

“Should we tell her?” Rosalie asked Alice.

“It is not like we'll destroy the moment for her, right?”

“Yeah.”

“Ok, Bella. We had to keep silent because it was a big big deal. Like... a helicopter was booked and we were supposed to fly with him over Chicago and enjoy the view and then at midnight we were all to call 'happy birthday' and surprise you while in there. And then you would get the presents from us and we would go out and eat and Edward had organized for his piano to be moved to this restaurant because he wanted to play for you and then we would come back here and play different party games and get drunk until we couldn't stand anymore.”

They had planned all this for me? All this? They were so thoughtful to do something this big only for me? As if I was worth it? So many expenses on my account?

I had tears running down my face.

“Oh Bella,” Rosalie came and knelt beside me. “It's fine. Shit happens. Don't feel guilty. Now we get to party again and we get to take you out shopping!” she tried to cheer me up.

“But you put so much thought in it! And it had to be so expensive and you did all that for me and I went like some... some... ugh! And destroyed it all without a second thought!” I sobbed. I wasn't even able to say what I was thinking.

“Aw, Bella, it is ok. Really. You couldn't have known. We don't blame you. And now stop crying because we have to get you ready and crying won't help us. Not only will you have red, puffy eyes but you'll also get wrinkles before your time.”

I grinned at that.

“Maybe I want to have them.”

“No, you don't. You want to be pretty for Edward. Now get ready.”

After I calmed down they both dragged me into the bathroom and started working on my hair and make-up. About an hour later Alice had my make-up done and Rosalie had my hair ironed. They placed me in front of the mirror and let me inspect myself. I had a tight black blouse on me and slim dark blue jeans. The heels were 3 inches high and I considered simply taking them off for a moment as to not kill me, but after thinking about it for several minutes I decided against it. There is only so much of the both of them I can take. There is no reason to push them to their limits. My hair was smooth but still voluminous. Alice had done some light smokey eye makeup for me and put a little bit shiny lip gloss on me. Nothing too much but still noticeable. I have to say, I looked good.

They both needed only another fifteen minutes to get ready since they had their outfits already planned and their hair done. After they finished we all headed down to where the boys were supposed to be waiting for us.

“And you are sure about this? I mean... we will only go out and grab something to eat and then come back here to cut the cake and drink?” I asked. They had filled me in in their plans while getting me ready.

“Yeah, that's it, pretty much,” Alice answered.

“Pretty much?” I asked her again.

She and Rosalie started to chuckle.

“Of course only pretty much. You forgot about your presents Bella,” Rosalie said.

“And there is no way you are getting out of this,” Alice ended for her. Shit,could she read my thoughts or see the future and know what I was going to ask?

I shook my head as we entered the living room where all the guys were sitting on the couch and paying a game on Emmett's Xbox.

“Took you long enough, what were you doing up there?” Emmett asked us all without even looking away from the screen.

I didn't bother answering him. I went straight to Edward and started running my hands through the hair on the backside of his head. He smiled up at me and then stood up.

“Are you all ready to go?” he asked.

I nodded and I noticed the girls doing the same. All the guys stood up and went for the garage door. Then we all got into our cars. Emmett and Rosalie in Rosalie's BMW, Jasper and Alice in Jasper's Mercedes and Edward and me into his Volvo.

When we were seated and pulled out of the garage I suddenly remembered something obvious that didn't occur to me earlier.

“Edward?” I asked.

“Yes, love?” he answered looking at me for a moment before returning his attention to the street.

“Um, where are we going?”

“Why?”

“Because the girls told me that we would go out to grab something to eat. But we just ate breakfast so... I'm kind of curious, I mean... you can't be hungry again, can you?”

He chuckled and then looked over to me for a brief moment again before answering.

“Actually no, I ate enough. But before we go and eat somewhere we are going to the park.”

“The park?”

“Yes, we all though that since it is the first time you are here in Chicago, we could go to the park. I know you didn't get to see much and the park district is beautiful at this time of the year.”

I simply nodded and then returned my attention to the road. If I would have known we were going to the park, I would have never let Alice and Rosalie put me in these shoes. I was going to kill myself. At least I could try and take them down with me.

After about half an hour we reached our destination. I decided to glare at the girls every now and then for lying to me and putting their enjoyment over my safety.

We walked around the park while talking. Edward had an arm wrapped around my shoulder and would bury his face in my hair every now and then inhaling deep and then letting the air out again and kissing me on my hair before returning his attention back to the other guys. I had my hand wrapped around his waist and was trying to snuggle myself in there.

We were having a good time only walking around and talking and it felt really nice being with all of them together and simply having fun.

We took some pictures with the camera Alice had brought and even played around at the playground like small children. We must have looked really crazy because not only the adults were giving us questioning looks, but the kids, too, stayed away from us. I can only imagine how crazy we must have really looked. Six young adults at a play ground. Alice, Rosalie and Edward looking like some super-models and Jasper and Emmett like some sportsmen.

I couldn't shake the feeling though that something was wrong between Rosalie, Jasper and Edward. Rosalie kept glaring at him every now and then and Jasper... he was even more silent to him then he was usually.

But apart from that, we all had a blast. It was like back at the summer camp were we would hang out all day long.

We were having so much fun that we didn't even realize how fast the time flew by. Around 3 pm we decided it was time to go and eat something.

We all went back to the cars and then headed to a restaurant they had made reservations at. At least this time they didn't decide to go to some really fancy one. The one they chose was one that even I could afford would I decide to go and eat here. None of the restaurants they would normally go to. I think they did that to please me... and so they wouldn't have to live through another scene I was sure to cause were they to spend this much money on me again.

When we arrived, they showed us where to sit and we ordered our drinks and meals. It was the first time we really got to spend the day this way, only having fun and nothing else on our shoulders.

During our meal, every time I would glance over to Edward he would give me a warm reassuring smile that made me smile in return and snuggle into his side. It felt so right everything we were doing together. Not fighting.... not discussing... just being simply us and being together.

After we all ate Alice tried of course to get us all to agree to go to the mall really quick and buy a thing or two, but honestly, by the time we left the restaurant we were all full and tired and had completely no desire to go shopping. Even Rosalie was with us. I had to smirk at that. Even though I didn't fall during our small trip – what was a big accomplishment – I did get to see a pout on her lips and how her face fell. And that was as good as seeing her fall with me.

We arrived home around fife and Alice and Rose decided it was time to cut the cake.

Well, when they said birthday cake, I would have never imagined that.

There in front of me on the kitchen island stood an enormous white birthday cake. And when I say enormous, then I mean it was three stories high.

Which monster would eat all that stuff?

And then I glanced over to Emmett, who was grinning and licking his lips like a cat that just caught the canary.

Oh, that one.

I had to suppress a giggle at this sight. I quickly blew out the nineteen candles on the cake and then got hugged and congratulated for my birthday again. Edward kissed me passionately and then we all ate our slices. After that we all went and settled down in our living room so that we could start playing and I could open my other presents.

Emmett sat on the couch and Rosalie on his lap while Jasper and Alice sat on the love seat. Edward and I could have taken the other side of the couch but we decided to sit on the floor.

As soon as we all were seated, Alice spoke up.

“So Bella, ready for your presents?” she asked me.

“Does it matter what I say?”

“Not really.”

“OK, then give them to me,” I groaned, though one would have thought that after having all day long to get used to the idea of getting some presents I would be able to react a little bit nicer.

First Rosalie handed me a package. It was rather small and light.

“It's from your dad,” she said then. I opened the package and in it was a new camera. I smiled when I saw it. It was nice of Charlie to buy me the camera. I had many things I would have liked to take pictures on my own and not always with someones else’s camera.

Next, Edward gave me another much smaller and thinner package.

“Edward, you already gave me more than you should have. I don't need more presents from you. I already got much to many,” I scolded him trying to give it back to him.

“It's fine Bella. I wouldn't normally give you another one but since you missed what we prepared for you yesterday you didn't hear me play for you. And I remember you telling me how much you liked it when I play for you, so I recorded some different of my compositions on this CD so that you can listen to them any moment you want to.”

He was so sweet and carrying. How did I deserve him?

I quickly hugged him back and could already feel my eyes welling up. After some moments I began to lean away from him but he grabbed my face and kissed my lips and then my forehead. Then he gave me his crooked smile, which I was sure was mine by now, and returned his attention back to the others. So did I.

Alice stood up then and came over to me. She handed me an envelope and sat down next to Jasper again.

I looked at it curiously not sure if I wanted to know what was in it or not.

“Ok, so this one is from all of us. And it is a present to both of you. We knew that you wouldn't go there on your own and that you would like to have Edward with you.”

That provoked my curiosity.

“Don't look at it like it'll morph into an alien or something. Just open it Bella!” Emmett shouted earning a slap on his head and a glare from Rosalie.

I chuckled at him and started to open the envelope. When I finally had it open I pulled two plane tickets out of it.

“You can't be serious!” I said while all the air left my lungs.

They bought me plain tickets?

Everybody burst out laughing. Even Edward chuckled from beside me.

An collective “Mhm” and “Yeah” came then from the whole room. I simply stared at them dumbfounded.

“No!” I shouted then. “You can't buy me plain tickets! Plain tickets to... to...” I quickly looked what was written on them, “to VIENNA!?!” I shouted then even louder. “No way! You can't buy me tickets to Vienna! I don't even know where Vienna is! And it sounds European or some shit! Forget it. I am not going. Go and give them back.”

“Come on Bella! They are only plain tickets!” Alice argued with me. “There is nothing wrong with them.”

“There is nothing wrong with them! Alice! They must have cost a fortune!”

“Bella, they didn't. And even if they did, we bought them together, so we didn't pay much. The prize was fine. It's only first class. It's not like we booked you a private jet or something.”

I had told you about Alice and her materialistic way of seeing everything and spending her dad’s money like it was her life's mission? Well, here she is, buying me plane tickets!

“Alice no! It was way to expensive. Bring them back.”

I felt Edward’s arm wrapping around me and he tugged me to his side.

“Bella, it's fine. If you think that it is too much for them to spend then I can buy them from them.”

Were they all crazy? What was it with this trust found brats not having any limits and common sense.

“No!” I shouted. “You can't be serious, either! Are you all insane?”

“Look Bella, we can do it the easy way or the hard one. Easy would be for you to simply take those god damn tickets and live with it. The hard way would be for you to refuse to take them. That would lead to us booking you a jet and some crew that will listen to us no matter what and will drag your ass over there if needed. Decide,” Alice said. She had that serious look on her face when she meant 'no shit'. Everybody who ever went against her when she wore that expression suffered the flames of hell. I remember how Taylor, a guy from Forks High, got caught by the principal for something Alice set up. If I went against her now, I would end up on her shit list and that isn't something I am willing to risk right now.

“Fine,” I grumbled under my breath.

She squealed and jumped up and down where she was. “That will be great! Just wait until you see the hotel we booked for you and all the stuff there is to see. You'll be amazed!”

“Ok, ok, Alice!” Emmett tried to calm her down. “It's time for some fun!” he shouted then. He grabbed a bottle of Tequila he had next to him and poured us all a shot.

I raised my eyebrows. “Tequila guys, really? You do realize that I am underage?”

“Bella, you are in college. Shut up and drink it!” Emmett grinned back to me.

We all drunk our shots at the same time and then slammed the glasses down on the small coffee table in front of us.

I saw how a devilish grin spread on Emmett's face. And that meant nothing good. Really, it must run in the family.

“Now guys, I was doing some research,” Emmett started.

“Research, meaning he was looking for good porno on-line,” Jasper cut in.

“Shut up dude! I am talking.”

“When are you not?”

“When you cut me off! Now shut up!” Emmett yelled at him. “Anyway,I was doing that research on-line, and-” again he was cut off by Jasper.

“You did not deny it,” Jasper said again. Alice giggled, Rosalie snickered and I could practically feel Edward grinning.

“Jasper, man, I know. I almost found that vid of you. I promise to take it down. Now let me tell my story.” We all burst out laughing when Emmett accused Jasper of having a sex video online. Jasper's face paled and I don't know if it was because it was true or because he was simply too shocked to respond in any other way.

“Fucker,” I heard Jasper mutter under his breath then and Emmett's grin widened.

“Well, let me start it in another way then. I was online, on Facebook, and looked at a friends profile... and there I found this!” he said and held some paper up. He realized our curious looks and continued. “Ok, ok, let me read it to you!”

He tried to force a straight face but failed miserably.

The how-to-get-along-at-work list,” he read then. “The following is a list of polite ways to express your true feelings without getting yourself fired.”

“Oh, that will be good. Guys listen to him, so that you know later what he means when he talks to you from now on. I am sure Emmett made this his new bible,” Edward said.

“Nah, he would say all the things the way he means them. He doesn't have a filter. And he surely doesn't think about being polite while speaking. He doesn't think at all,” Alice said.

“I am going to ignore you guys mocking me and talking about me like I wasn’t in the room and I'll read this list to the birthday girl, so that she at least can talk to you this way, without you realizing, since you don't pay attention. So, what I say first, is the polite way you would speak to your boss, or to Edward and Alice in this matter. The next thing is what you really mean by saying it. Understood?” he asked.

We all nodded so he continued.

“First, 'I'm not sure that's feasible.', means 'No way asshole!',” we stared at him dumbfounded when he started laughing at that. You know how it is in the movies, where when somebody says something totally out of place and starts laughing on his own and everybody else falls in total silence? So silent that you can feel the wind blowing and the owls singing? Yeah, that was such a situation. Very uncomfortable... for Emmett.

“That was...” Rosalie started.

“...very...” Alice continued for her.

“...Emmett-like?” I ended for them since they both seemed to be at a loss what to say.

They both only nodded and continued to stare at him.

“What? It was funny!” he countered.

“Yes, if somebody is loosing braincells each second,” Alice answered him. Oh, how I loved this two!

“Anyway, let me continue with the next one... two, 'Really?' is 'You gotta be shittin' me!', three 'I'm a bit overloaded at the moment,' is 'Screw it, I'm on salary,' four 'Of course I am concerned,' means 'Ask me if I give a shit,' then... fife 'You don't say,' is 'Eat shit,' six 'Excuse me?' is 'Eat shit and die,' seven 'Excuse me, sir?' is 'Eat shit and die, asshole!' eight 'So you'd like my help with that?' is 'Kiss my ass,' nine 'I love a challenge' is 'This job sucks,' and finally the best for last... grand number ten 'I see,' meaning 'Blow me!'” Even though we all thought of his as insane at the time he finished his list at the last one we all had cracked a smile. The last one was funny.

Suddenly Rose looked over at him wearing a mock-offended expression. “Today when I told you about the shoes I wanted to buy you told me 'I see'!” she said to him.

“Rose, that was something else!” he half yelled shocked.

Rosalie turned her back to him but grinned in our direction. She loved torturing him.

“Rosie?”

“No Rosie for you. And you are not getting any,” she answered him.

“But Rose-”

“For two days,” she said then.

“But-”

“Three days.”

Emmett clasped his mouth shut and even covered it with his hands. It was nice to see how Rosalie had him wrapped around her pinky finger.

“Now,” Alice spoke up, “that Emmett had his fair share of laughter... we are going to play...” A mischievous grin appeared on her face. What was it with the both of them? Did they always have to make the life of everybody around them more complicated?

I groaned, only to earn a glare from her. Edward chuckled beside me.

“So, the game is as following... we have a dice, two bowls with questions in them and the tequila,” she said and her grin got wider. “The two bowls are filled with paper. In the one bowl are questions in the other one are dares. Emmett and I chose the questions and dares, only so you know. Now, let me explain to you how we are going to play this game. A player throws the dice. Let's say that he throws a one, two or three. That means he gets to answer a question. If he doesn't want to answer the question he can either drink as many shots as the number that is on the dice, or he can choose to do a dare. If he decides to do a dare... then he has to stick with it. No matter what. Now, if the player throws a four, fife or six then he has to do a dare. If he doesn't like it, he has to do shots. There is no other way out. After everybody answered a question or did a dare he has to drink one shot. Are there any questions?” Alice asked when she finished explaining.

“Yes,” I said. “Do I have to play? I don't think I have high tolerance for alcohol and with my luck I'll get all the dares.”

“No, you have to play!” Emmett shouted! “No out, no out!”

“Fine,” I mumbled under my breath.

Edward put his arm around my shoulder and tugged me into his side. Then he whispered into my ear, “It'll be fine. They are not this bad.”

“Then you don't know Alice,” I whispered back.

“Ok... Rose? Will you start?” Alice asked her.

“Sure, why not?” Rose leaned over and took the dice from Alice. She threw it and it landed on a four. “Great start,” she muttered under her breath. She took the bowl with the dares in them and drew one. “Make out with somebody of the same sex,” she looked up at Emmett. “Are you serious?”

Emmett only grinned wider.

“Well, you can drink the shots, Rose,” Jasper answered.

“Thanks bro, nice to know you want me to get drunk within the first ten minutes. Ok... I do the dare. Can I pick whomever I want?” she asked.

“Yeah,” Emmett answered.

“Good. Alice, you should have had control over your brothers actions so you are the one that is going to pay. Come here,” Rose said.

Alice's face fell and she turned and glared at Emmett now. Well, she got herself into hot water on her own. And I will enjoy every minute of it!

Alice reluctantly stood up at the same time Rose did. They neared each other and then their lips met. The disgust was clearly written over her faces but after the guys started complaining about their performance they took it on them and started making out like their life depended on it. They not only french-kissed each other, they also grabbed asses and breasts. They were rubbing on each other all the way. I could see Emmett's and Jasper's mouths hanging open. They were practically drooling over their fiancée and girlfriend each. Even Edward had to cough and I would never hold it against him. Even I was turned on by their performance.

The girls broke apart and then smiled to each other.

“You kiss good,” Alice said to Rose.

“I know!” Rosalie answered and winked at her. She fucking winked!

Rosalie went over to her place and drunk the shot she had to.

“Rose you pick the next one.”

“Ok... Emmett!”

Emmett took the dice from her and threw it. Out came a two. He drew a paper out and began to read. “Something you got suspended or had detention for during high school. Come on guys! That is so easy!”

“Emmett, that is what you got. Now do it,” Alice threatened him with a menacing look.

“Fine, um, I had maths with that dumb fuck named Stevens. And, needless to say that I never went to his classes, after that first day I saw him. God was he intimidating, good that you didn't have classes with him. But back to the point. My teammates caught me doing something stupid and to kepp them from telling everybody I had to take a dare. I didn't know what it was at that time, but being me, I agreed. They told me that I would have to try and 'seduce' Mr Stevens and video tape it. - Don't laugh, I couldn't not do it or they would post the pics! Um, yeah - Since Mr Stevens sight was rather poor, I knew that if he would take his glasses of he would be half blind and wouldn't be able to recognize me. So, after studying his habits for about a week – man, I'm a good stalker, I seriously considered going into business at that time – I managed to steal his glasses by the end of the day. Point one accomplished. Then, after everybody else had left, and I already knew that he would stay longer in his classroom, I quickly dressed up as girl, with blond long hair, skirt and all that shit, and went into his classroom. I tried to 'seduce' him, saying different shit I don't want to recall or even remember for that matter, all the time recording it and sending it to my buds. And I had him! I really, really had him!- Who would have known that he was so kinky? - Anyway, after getting him to agree to everything I wished I was going to take my leave, but at that moment stupid fucker decided that he wanted more and that he wasn't going to be left hot and bothered. Imagine my shock! I was even more terrified of him now! And my retarded teammates didn't come to help, no, they were watching everything from the locker room and laughing their asses off. Anyway, the moment that I really thought I was going to die, the principal came into the room with a stack of papers for Mr Kinky Pedophile to sign. Needless to say he was shocked. After clearing everything, Mr Kinky Pedophile lost his job – for which you should be thankful to me – and I got suspended from school for 2 weeks and had detention for the rest of the school year.”

When Emmett finished we were all sitting there with our mouths hanging wide open. Only Edward had that stupid grin on his face what meant he knew all along.

“That was the reason you were sitting at home for that two weeks? I always thought it was because of the pics!” Alice said then.

“Nah, the pics were nothing. Actually I had only my buds spread that rumor about the pics so that the thing with asshole Stevens wouldn't come out.”

“Wow, Emmett, you did that? I always knew you were some kind of retard but that... that's over the top,” Jasper said.

“Nah, that was only one from many things I did back then... god, how time flows by without us noticing, I'm gonna become melancholic or something now. I need my shot!” he yelled the last part and then swallowed all down.

“Who is next?” Rosalie asked.

All eyes fell on me.

“No, no, no, no, no! Come on guys. Um, Jasper? Don't you want to go first? Like, please? Because it's my birthday, please?” I was begging him.

“Nope, Bella. You go,” he answered.

God, I even pouted at him.

“Still nope, Bella.”

I sighed and took the dice. I threw it and it landed on a six. Fucking unbelievable.

“No way. I am not drinking six shots!” I cried.

“You don't have to drink them, do the dare,” Edward said from next to me.

I looked at him in disbelieve.

“You want me to do a dare... a dare Emmett surely picked?” Was he insane?

Edward shrugged and Alice said “Or you can do the shots.”

I knew that there was no way I could hold six shots, not when I was not used to it, so I reluctantly took the bowl with the dares, picked one and started reading. “Pretending that you have a school assignment, ask your neighbors about their sex life. Emmett will give you the sheets with the questions,” my yaw practically hit the ground and went through it to the basement where it made a hole in the tiles.

Everybody burst out in laughter and was shaking.

“I can't believe you guys,” I whispered under my breath still not able to react to it in any other way. That was so Emmett's doing.

My face was sure to be crimson and my mouth dry. What should I do?

Drink six shots and have them do worse stuff with me when I am drunk? Not to mention hallowing the toiled bowl god all night long?

Or... do I grow the guts and do that stupid dare?

The answer was clear.

While Jasper started to get my shots ready for me I stood up and went to Emmett, my face a new shade of red.

“Where are those fucking papers?” I asked them.

Nobody must have expected that, because the room fell silent and everybody looked at me like I had three heads or something.

“What? I am not letting you get me drunk! Who knows what else you have prepared for me!” I told them.

Emmett stood up and went to the kitchen. He came out with some papers, a pen and a clipboard.

“Here you go,” he said and handed them to me.

I put my shoes on and a light jacked since it had gotten colder and went to the door.

“So, how many people do I have to ask?”

“Um,” Alice looked around the room, “three?”

“Fine, three,” I opened the door and then looked back at them. “Is anybody coming with me or do I have to go alone?” I asked them then.

EPOV

“Is anybody coming with me or do I have to go alone?” Bella asked us then.

“No,” I shot up from my place, “we are coming with you. Just wait a moment.”

I could not believe that she was actually going to do that. She didn't seem like the type to do something like that. She was shy and nice and good and pure... everything but that.

Not that I had anything against it. It was just new to see Bella's dare-devil side.

Bella went outside to wait for us and we quickly got ready.

“I need my video recorder,” Emmett shouted and he went off to take it.

“Did you ever expect her to do that?” Jasper asked from beside me.

“Not really man. I would have rather thought she would do the shots or whine until we would give in to her and she could choose to do something else. But this? Never,” I answered him truthfully.

“Well, watch and learn something from the master!” Alice chimed in.

“Master?” I asked raising my eyebrows at her.

“It's not Bella's first dare,” was the only thing she said before Rosalie shushed us and commanded us to go out and hide somewhere so we could see everything without being caught.

Bella saw us and started with the dare.

Before she got to the first house door, Emmett was back with the camera and had started recording. Thanks to the hour and place, it was silent and we could clearly make out the words spoken between Bella and whomever was at the door.

Bella rang the bell and a middle aged woman opened for her.

“Here we go,” Emmett whispered from beside him, earning a smack on the head from Rose. He zoomed with the camera so that Bella and the woman were clearly visible and recognizable.

“Um hello, I am here for a school research and wanted to ask you if you would be willing to answer some of my questions?” Bella asked the woman. Bella had that shy look on her face and was tomato-red. That was the master Alice spoke about?

“That's not a master, Alice. She feels humiliated,” I whispered to her.

Alice only started giggling and said, “watch and see what will happen later, when somebody else answers the door.”

“Um, sure,” the woman at the door answered. “What is it about?”

“Well, here it comes... it's about... sex?” Bella said in a shy voice.

The womans mouth hung open and she stared at Bella much like we did when she decided to take the dare.

“Yeah, well, I can understand if you wouldn't like to answer... but I would prefer if you did it... over having to go and ask some of the male neighbors across the street...” Bella trailed off.

The woman must have taken pity on her because she gave her a slight smile and said “No, no... it's ok. I can answer the questions.”

“Good!” Bella said and beamed at her. “Thank you, thank you, thank you!” she cried.

“Okay, so... when was the last time you were intimate with somebody?” Bella asked.

“Um, about two days ago,” the woman answered.

“Good,” Bella nodded and wrote it down. “Do you use protection, if yes, then how do you protect?”

“Um, I am on the pill.”

Bella continued questioning her for a little while longer. I had to roll my eyes at the most of the questions... they were so... Emmett.

“Good. Um, I hope you don't mind if the questions become more personal?”

“Um, no, it's ok.”

“Great, um, what kind of... sex, do you prefer?”

“Oral,” the woman answered. Both, she and Bella had their heads down and were blushing like there was a contest for it and they were fighting for the first place.

“Fuck,” Emmett whispered from next to me. “I should be there and I would show her!”

“Shut up, dude,” I answered him back.

“Do you like to be dominated?” Bella asked earning our attention back.

“Um, actually I prefer to tie the man down,” the woman answered.

I could hear Emmett snicker beside me. “Man that is hot. I think I'm gonna put her on my MILF list.” That remark didn't go unnoticed by Rose of course and she slapped him once again. “Oh, baby, you know that I am all yours an-”

“Shut up!” Alice whisper yelled from the other side. “Now I didn't get what happened, because of you! She finished!”

I turned my attention back to Bella and she had really finished. Fucking Emmett claiming my attention. I didn't hear what else happened.

Bella came towards us.

“Nice place,” she said eying the woods we were hiding in.

“Um, yeah,” I said and went to her.

“Ok, who's next?” she asked.

“Oh, how about that house at the corner?” Alice suggested in a sing-song voice. Did she have something planned?

“Um, no, I think that house should go last,” Rosalie said. “Bella, try it next door, ok?”

“Fine,” Bella said and started walking to the next house. We followed her just so to hide near it again.

Bella rang the door bell again and a boy maybe fifteen answered.

“Hey,” he said raising his eyebrows.

“Hey,” Bella answered back.

“What do I owe this pleasure to?” The boy, whose face I was going to bash and then wipe the floor with, if he checked my girl out one more time, asked her.

“Um, I am here for a research. Wanna answer some questions?” Bella asked him.

“Sure, what is it about?” The brat asked her, looking at her legs.

“Calm down dude. He won't do anything,” Jasper mused from beside me.

“Still, he's a fucker that needs to know that nobody stares at my girl’s legs.”

“God, it's not like he'll get her. Now shut up, I wanna record what Bella's saying!” Emmett whisper-yelled.

“Um, up here,” Bella said coughing.

The boy looked up at her, slightly blushing.

“Do you have a girlfriend?” my girl asked him.

“Why, do you want to be it?” Dead. DEAD.

“No, it's one of the questions. If you are not going to take it seriously I'm gonna leave.” Good girl. Don't let him get to you.

“Um, ok. Well, I had a girlfriend.” Of course you had. Who sticks around with a zit face like you.

“Ok, um... were you sexual active?”

“Fuck, yes!” the boy yelled a wide grin spreading on his face.

Yeah sure! I yelled with the same excitement in the voice inside my head.

“Good. Did you use protection?”

“Yes.”

“You wouldn't know if she was on the pill, would you?” Bella looked behind the boy for a moment and must have seen something that caught her interest there. She grinned for a moment before her expression returned to that embarrassed one we were used to.

“No, we only used condoms.”

“Ok... now... can I ask you some other questions? Um, more... personal?” Again I saw her looking behind him. But the boy didn't seem to notice since he was now staring at her cleavage.

“Of course. You can ask me anything.”

“Ok, what kind of sex do you prefer?” Bella asked him.

“Any kind in which you participate,” Bella blushed and gave a heavy sigh at the same time. I was ready to run out there and kick his balls before snatching my girl away and run.

“Seriously now, I am not here to... make your fantasies come true ok? Just answer the damn questions so we can both get it over with, ok?”

“Fine... um... I would say... normal?”

Bella sighed again. “Fine.”

“God, the brat has no idea what he's talking about,” Emmett again from beside me.

“God, Emmett, can't you shut up? Just for once? I wanna listen!” Rose whispered to him, smacking him once again.

God, were they annoying sometimes.

“Yeah, um, we didn't try anything like that. But I think I would like to have her tied down.” Great I lost a question. At least I knew which one it was.

“Good, what about going down or giving head?”

“What's with that?”

“Have you ever tried it?”

“Yeah well, first. Before we started... for good.”

“Um... are you the deep throating type?” Again I could see Bella's eyes wander to somewhere in the house. What was she looking at?

“I think... yes.”

“What do you think is the best. Choose one please. Fingering, fisting or going down with your tongue?” God was Bella red. I didn't even know such a color existed and the poor boy seemed also uncomfortable letting his weight go from one feed to the other. EMMETT.

“Can I not answer that one?”

“Sure.”

“Ok, because I don't really know.” Of course you don't! I mean... LOOK AT YOU!

“Fine. Ok. That would be it if it is so. Um, thanks again. Oh, and please tell your mom to close her mouth and stop staring at you like you are some... I don't know... whatever she is thinking. And tell your dad to give you some tips... you need them boy. Other than that... bye,” Bella said and gave him a slight grin. She turned around laughing as we heard the mother start yelling at her son from inside.

We all broke out into laughter.

“That was priceless!” Emmett shouted at her and put his hand up for her to slap. Bella did it and grinned even wider.

“Told you, watch the master!” Alice said.

“Just wait for the next house,” Rose added.

“You guys are insane,” Jasper said from beside me.

“We do what we can,” Alice answered him.

“Ok... let's go to the last one so that I can get it over with and you get to be tortured,” Bella said.

Everybody nodded and they stood up and went to the house at the corner Alice had previously suggested.

Everybody but me.

“Edward? Are you alright?” Bella asked and started coming over to me.

I quickly stood up from the ground and went to Bella, throwing my arms around her and pressing her to me as hard as I could. Then I smashed my lips to hers and kissed so hard, like there would be no tomorrow. After a while we parted.

“Yeah, you're just too hot for your own good, when you do shit like that,” I whispered in her ear.

“Hmmm,” she hummed back. “Is that so?”

“Yeah.”

“Nah, he simply was jealous of that brat there,” Emmett said.

“Shut up,” I muttered.

“No seriously Bella, you should have seen him. He was glaring at that boy as if him glaring daggers at the boy would help,” Emmett continued.

I simply sighed and pressed Bella harder against me.

“Really?” Bella asked him.

“Oh yes, you should have seen it.”

“Mmmhmmm.”

“Anyway!” Alice was the one to interrupt. “I think we have one more house waiting.”

“Ok, lets go,” Rose said and Bella freed herself from my arms and started walking to the house. We hid again and she rang the bell.

The door opened and a guy, our age, opened the door and greeted her with a smile.

“Hey,” he greeted her.

“Hey,” Bella answered in the same tone.

Mistake number one.

“Um, I am here for a school research. Would you mind answering some questions?” Bella asked him.

“Sure, wanna come in?” he asked raising his brows.

Mistake number two.

“Um, I... um, better not.”

I noticed his eyes wander from her face to her neck, to her breasts, to her waist, to her thighs and legs... and coming slowly up, only to rest on her cleavage again.

Mistake number three.

“Come on. It's getting cold out. And I swear I am harmless. A coffee?” he asked her.

“No, it's ok. I don't have many questions. Just... let us get started?”

“Yeah, sure. As soon as we are inside,” he answered and actually grabbed her hand in a motion to get her inside.

Fucking, big, mistake number four.

I lost it and couldn't hear a word they were saying since he practically eye-fucked her. If I thought the boy before bothered me and I was going to pummel his face and wipe the floor with it... this one... I was going to put through the flames of hell, boil him while still alive, then grill him and feed him to the dogs.

And when I actually saw him tug on her hand again and her leaning away from him...

I jumped out of the woods and run to the front door. I hit the guy in the face and kicked him once in his sensitive spot... and then two more times, hoping to save the world from his evil offspring.

Then I grabbed Bella by her hand and dragged her from his property and off to our house in a matter of seconds. She, of course, refused to let me tug her behind me, yelled at me and kicked me. I didn't listen to her until we were behind closed doors.

“What the fuck was that, Edward?” Bella yelled at me.

“The right thing to do,” I answered back, trying not to show her how frustrated I was and start yelling at her.

“What the fuck?”

“Bella, he was tugging on your hand and wanted to force you to enter his house!”

“And I told him I wouldn't.”

“But he still did!”

“But I still wouldn't enter!”

“But that doesn't change a thing!”

“But I could defend myself if something happened! And lets face it Edward, he only wanted to go inside for a coffee. So?”

“You are asking me? You are actually asking me? Bella he could have wanted to rape you or something!”

“Yeah, because you are the one to talk about that!”

“Don't start with that now, Bella.”

“Why not?”

“Bec-”

The door opened and in came Jasper, Rosalie, Emmett and Alice. All stared at us in shock.

“Everything ok with you Bella?” Alice asked.

“No,” Bella answered.

“Did he hurt you?” Rosalie asked her then.

“I'm gonna kill him,” Emmett mumbled under his breath.

Bella shook her head 'no' but started tearing up.

My heart broke for her, but right now I was seeing red.

“Bella, what happened, why are you crying.”

“I am fine. Just tell that obsessive prick over there to fuck off, calm down and let me handle my own shit,” Bella answered her.

That I was getting madder by the minute was obvious.

Jasper shot me a death glare. Again.

Great. That was exactly what I needed. They were angry with me since yesterday. I got it. I fucked up. Could they now drop it and let us have some fun at least for a day before going back to all that shit and dealing with it? Was that too much to ask?

Obviously yes.

I shifted my weight from one leg to the other starting to feel uncomfortable. I had four people glaring daggers at me and Bella being mad and crying.

I grabbed her by her hand and although Alice, Rose, Em and Jazz started to protest I went with her into the first floor bathroom and locked the door behind us. I could hear the protest from the other side but right now I didn't give a fuck about it.

“What the fuck is wrong with you?” Bella hissed at me.

“I could ask you the same question!”

“You are acting overprotective. Again. I think we discussed that already!”

“And I think I told you that I would try but didn't promise anything. Remember?”

“Edward, you have no right to do that. If I wanted to go in there with him I could. Who are you to tell me not to? My father? Even if he would tell me not to I still would do it and you know it!”

“Well, I thought I was your boyfriend. But thank you for showing me how wrong I apparently was,” I hissed at her.

She looked at me shocked, her eyes wide open.

“What is it, Bella?”

“You don't want to be my boyfriend?” she asked me, her eyes tearing up even more.

“Well, you don't want me acting like your boyfriend. And I don't want to be your fuck buddy.”

“So, you are calling it quits? Just like that? After all that happened? After all you did? After everything we talked about.”

“If it has to be.”

She looked at me even more shocked, her mouth hanging wide open, her eyes watering more and more. My heart was aching for her. I wanted to grab her and kiss the pain away, make her stop crying and tell her that everything would be alright, but she had to understand that if she wanted me, she had to have me the way I am and give me the god damned role of a boyfriend. Loving, arrogant, cocky, obsessive, overprotective, overreacting and all.

She brought her hand up to her eyes and wiped the forming tears away.

“Fine. Because I don't want a fuck buddy either. And there didn't seem to be much more to that to you. And I fucking believed you. How stupid can I be? Ugh, I am so angry at myself right now.”

“What, what do you mean 'there didn't seem to be much more to that to me'? Are you kidding me? I cried my heart out to you yesterday!”

“Yeah, after you fucked the hell out of me.”

“Bella-”

“No, Edward. I know. Your talk was nice and long... very long, and everything but how do you want me to react? I try to get over it, forget it even. You promise to change, start acting other way. Stop overreacting and being overprotective and then you do exactly that. Oh, not to mention you telling me that you don't want to be my boyfriend and thinking that I only want a fuck buddy. Really, really nice move on your side.”

I inhaled deeply and then sighed. I pinched the bridge of my nose trying to short through my thoughts. How did it came to this this fast? In a matter of minutes everything changed... once again.

I thought about everything said and then realized what it all was about.

“I'm sorry,” I said and tugged on her hand making her lose her balance and fall into me.

“You should,” she sobbed into my chest.

“I overreacted.”

“You did.”

“I am sorry.”

“I know.”

“Forgive me?” I asked her. Really, all I did was destroy things. But I couldn't destroy this. Not again.

She didn't answer.

“Please, baby? I love you. Please forgive me. I didn't mean it. Really. I am sorry.”

Bella sighed and pressed herself even harder against me.

“Ok,” she whispered.

“Thank you baby. Thank you, thank you, thank you,” I whispered back to her, kissing the top of her head every time I thanked her.

Bella sighed one more time and then let her hands fall to her sides again and stepped one step back. She looked me in the eyes and I saw how read they were.

I'm sorry,” I whispered one more time.

“Never, you heard me, never, do that shit again, Edward,” she said to me then.

“Never baby, never.”

“Good.”

“I love you,” I told her.

“I love you to,” she sighed and then came back into my arms. I wrapped them around her and pressed her against me again.

I placed one hand under her chin and then lifted her head up so that she was looking at me.

“I am still your boyfriend, right?” I asked her.

She didn't answer for a moment and I really started to panic. Hadn't she just forgiven me? Was it really over? Wouldn't I get a second chance now? Would I have to prove myself to her all over again?

Finally she sighed and answered, “if you can control yourself.”

And that made my day again.

Fuck, I was so whipped... but I loved it.

“I will,” I answered and went to kiss her.

“Promise?” she smiled against my lips.

“Promise,” I answered back and then shut her up, kissing her.

After we broke apart she whispered “you are still an obsessive prick,” and smiled at me.

“I know,” I sighed playfully and kissed her one more time.

I opened the door for us and we went to the living room. In there were a very worried looking Alice and a pissed off Rosalie, Jasper and Emmett, who were doing their best trying to kill me only with one look.

“It's ok, guys,” Bella said and sat down where we were sitting before that stupid dare she had to do that caused all this mess.

“Bella, are you sure?” Jasper asked.

“Yeah,” she nodded and stretched her hand out for me to take and sit down beside her. I did and then she snuggled into my side. Everybody looked at us in astonishment, still worried and angry.

I kissed the top of her head.

“Really guys, it is ok. Now, who's the next one to be tortured?” Bella asked.

They all didn't seem really comfortable going back to the game but after they saw that Bella wouldn't say anything more to it they gave in.

“It's Jazzy's turn!” Alice said.

“Good, Jasper,” Bella said her voice dropping lower and a smirk on her face.

Not good. Not good at all.

“Not so fast B... I think you forgot something,” Emmett said.

“I did?” Bella asked him raising her eyebrows.

“Of course you did. Or do you think this shot is going to drink itself on its own?” he asked sarcastically.

“No, that for sure not,” she answered with a small laugh. It made my heart swell.

Bella drank the shot and turned her attention back to Jasper.

“What?” he asked, faking lack of knowledge.

“Your turn,” she told him with an evil smirk, that made me proud.

Jasper took the dice and it landed on a five earning a groan from him and a cheerful laugh from all the girls and Emmett. I started to think that they did something to that dice so that it always landed on a higher number. How is it possible that when playing Parcheesi you always get the small numbers and now where you need the small ones you get the big ones?

Jasper took the bowl with dares and picked one paper. “If you are a girl, then you have to give Eddy a lap dance, thank god I am not, if you are a guy, you have to dress up like a girl and sing to Madonna's 'Like a Virgin' are you kidding me? Alice did you let him pick all the dares?”

Alice went to open her mouth and say something but Emmett was faster.

“You know, actually Jazzy, that one as well as the one before was Alice's doing. I only provided the questions for the previous one... she is the mastermind behind all this,” Emmett said and we all looked at Alice in astonishment.

They both were more alike than we gave them credit for.

“Fine,” Jasper said, “I'm gonna do it. I am not drinking five shots! Um, do you have an outfit in which would fit me, or do I have to wear one of yours?”

“Well, actually... I did prepare something,” Alice grinned and stood up.

Five minutes later she came out of the room she previously went into with Jasper and sat down beside us. Only five minutes later Jasper did join us too. He was wearing a yellow skirt that reached mid thigh and a pink, almost fuchsia, tank-top that didn't come half way to his navel. He had his stomach exposed for us to see. He also had a blue-green scarf wrapped around his neck and he was wearing black high heels. I don't know how he managed to walk into this room in this shoes. Much less, how he even had the balls to do so. I know that I would never do it. Hell, I would drink ten shots to get out of this.

Jasper came nearer and then we noticed Alice had applied make-up on his face. His lips had a plum color, same with his eye-lashes. His cheeks were colored yellow. The way he was dressed alone was enough to make us laugh so hard we almost peed our pants.. to see the whole thing... that was enough to make us die from laughter... maybe even a heart attack... depending on how everybody took the message. I am sure some old ladies on the street would have died.

Alice went over to him and kissed his cheek and then hopped to the stereo were she picked the song.

Soon the music started to play and we could watch Jasper singing and dancing to Madonna's song.

And Emmett was taping it all.

After finishing his presentation Jasper went back to change. He then drank the one obligatory shot and sat down. He handed the dice to me and when I threw it, lucky me, it landed on a three. I took a deep breath of relief that I wouldn't have to do anything extreme, because by now I was sure that all the dares were extreme ones, while everybody else groaned.

Alice handed me the bowl with the questions and I picked one.

When and who was your first time and how many others were there after that?” Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. FUCK.

I couldn't answer this one, could I?

All the eyes in the room were glued on me.

Jasper glaring as always this past two days, Emmett ignorant, Rosalie angry, Alice disappointed. Bella was stiff beside me, she didn't even look up at me. I tightened my grip on her but she didn't respond.

“Um, I don't really want to answer this question right now. Thanks to whomever picked it, though. Um... I am afraid to pick a dare, because I know that they all have to be fucked up ones... so, um, I'll drink the shots?” Yeah, fuck my life, that's what I was about to do. There was no way I would answer this question in front of Bella. Not now when she just found out and not now when we have all this problems to work through. And surely not in font of an audience.

Everybody nodded and I gulped and went to drink the shots. They burned in my throat, but I still did it without another word.

It was an awkward feeling to sit in there right now, and I felt the overwhelming urge to go and have a cigar, just to get over that feeling right now, but I sticked to my girls side. I wasn't leaving her right now. That would make her only more suspicious and hurt her. And hurting her was the last thing I wanted to do.

Next was Alice and then was Rose, they both had questions to answer. Now I was almost sure that they somehow managed to manipulate the dice, but I held my mouth shut. No need to give another reason for a fight over nothing. As time passed everybody started to loosen up again and the question that was asked to me was forgotten... or it seemed so. But either way I was happy.

I pretty much blocked everything out that happened as long as it didn't concern me or Bella. I was thinking. Thinking really long. About everything.

So when Bella started to move from my side I got startled.

“What?”

“I am only going to get the bowl. I have to answer a question. Calm down,” she said and shook her head.

“Oh, ok.”

I was really out of it.

The most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you? Seriously guys, you think that I can find one that is the most embarrassing? Shit, I should have a journal about them and rate them for moments like that from now on.”

“Well, well, Bella. Now, are you gonna talk to us for much longer or are you gonna tell us that story so we can laugh at you for everything you are worth?” Emmett, of course.

“Fine um,” Bella scratched her head while thinking, “when I was in high school, junior year, Alice and I went to that party at Mike's, my soon to be ex-boyfriend's at that time, and Alice got me to wear one of her creations. A white dress, all beautiful and shit. And well, we were outside, talking and partying, pretty much having a good time, when it started to get late and... colder. I wanted to go back inside to get my jacket and while doing so some bitch run into me and I fell straight into the pool. In the white dress. Imagine... But that was not the worst part of it! Think about it! I was wearing a white dress, meaning that when it was wet they all could see my white underwear with red fucking bunnies on them! And it was cold... so, yeah, they may have gotten to see even some more than that. Really, they were calling me bunny-pants and white-nipple for three months after that. Don't ask me about the nicknames. I didn't pick them.”

Alice was shaking her head, no doubt seeing everything in front of her, while Rosalie smirked, Jasper laughed and Emmett looked at her in astonishment. I was sure the only thought running through his mind in this moment was 'Fuck, I should have been there'.

Bella drank her shot and then it was my turn. Really? I didn't really want to continue playing anymore. By now we all were drunk. No, not even drunk. We were wasted. I had had about seven shots so far and really didn't feel up to more. I knew I would have to pay for everything later tonight and tomorrow morning. I don't know if Bella would be the one to pay homage to the toilet bowl god, but I surely did. Don't take me wrong, I did party before and I had drunk much more than the seven shots I did now. Seven shots was nothing for me... normally.

But right now I was an emotional mess and had to deal with a lot of shit and that on its own made me feel all... wrong... Add to it seven shots and you can imagine how much my stomach liked it.

“Edward?” Jasper asked laughing at me.

“What?” I asked him.

“It's your turn, dude. Are you going to sit there for much longer?”

“Um, no, I'm fine.” I stood up as if to get the dice, instead I grabbed Bella by the waist and picked her up.

She as always protested a little bit, but she too was wasted, so her protest faded away as soon as we reached the stairs. By then she was smiling up at me. We shouted a quick good night to our friends and made our way upstairs to her room.

I closed the door behind us and slowly and very careful put her down on her bed.

This day had to have been as rough for her as it had for me, with all the sexing in the morning, running and playing afterwards... the fight and the drinking. It had been an exhausting day. Yes, we had a nice time, but it still was tiring.

I took off her shoes for her which she was still wearing and started massaging her feet. I know she couldn't have felt comfortable in those shoes all day long. It is Bella we are talking about.

“Hmmm,” she moaned, earning an immediate reaction from me, “that feels so good Edward.”

“I hope it does,” I said with a small chuckle. Drunk or not, I was here to please my girl.

“It does.”

“That's good. Did you have a good time?” I asked her then, moving from one foot to the other.

“Mhm,” she moaned. I didn't know that massaging her feet while drunk could be this turning on. I had to try that shit another time again.

“I am happy to hear that.”

“Yeah...” she answered, her voice trailing off as I started moving my hands up higher and to her calves massaging them over the fabric that was covering them.

“Edward?” Bella asked me.

“Yeah?”

“Um, do you think we should still take it slow? I mean... after this morning... and after how poorly we acted and reacted... teasing each other and shit... do you think we should take it slow?”

I close my eyes thinking of it for a moment.

Should we take it slow?

No, that wasn't the question. It was obvious that we should.

But could we take it slow? Did we have the strength to do so?

We had decided to take it slow this morning... and only a small incident later and we were already sleeping with each other... again.

But we had to try, didn't we? If we wanted to build a healthy relationship...

Yeah, we did have to try.

“Yes. I think we should try and take it slow.”

“Good, I think the same. We shouldn't rush this time. We really should sort through shit first.”

“Right baby,” I said and dropped her legs. I crawled a little higher on the bed, ignoring the throbbing in my pants and sat beside her waist. She reached her arm up to touch my face. She did and I tilted my head to the right, kissed her palm and inhaled her scent deep. Then I slowly turned her on her stomach and started massaging her back.

“Edward?” she asked after some time.

“Mmmm?”

“Do you think we should talk about it now?”

“Um, the truth?”

“Always.”

“I think we should. But considering the fact that we are both drunk and exhausted I don't think it is the best idea,” I answered and chuckled at the end.

“Yeah, you are probably right. But the sooner we talk things through, the sooner we can get back to business,” she answered looking at me and having that devilish grin on her face. I immediately knew what she was talking about. Little vixen, playing with me.

“Well, I thought we just decided to take it slow... That attitude of yours is the same thing that caused us to give in in the first place earlier today.”

“Mine?” she asked lifting her head and frowning.

“Of course yours,” I answered playful.

I know that normally she wouldn't have let go of such a good opportunity to start arguing with me over anything really, but right now she must have been too tired to do even that right.

“Whatever,” she answered starting to get up, “I'll remember it next time you start something. Or even better, next time you want something from me or decide that all that taking it slow bullshit is not worth a fuck.”

“Oh trust me, a fuck it is worth.”

“Here we go again,” she mumbled under her breath and I had to laugh at that.

After that Bella stood up and went into her closet to get dressed. I went to my room and did the same. We met ten minutes later in hers again and snuggled into her bed.

“But I still love you,” she whispered to me.

“I know, I love you too,” I answered her.

“We will work that out right?”

“Yeah, we will,” I answered her and after some time added, “we have too,” under my breath hoping that she didn't hear me.

But apparently she did. “I know,” she sighed. “I love you.”

“I love you, too, baby. I love you, too, always.”

I held her closer to me, wrapping a hand around her waist and pulling her body against mine, while she threw her leg over my hip and buried one of her hands in my hair, running her fingers through it. I was humming her her melody, while we both started drifting off to sleep

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