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Newport Living

A little different from your average Twilight story- Jasper Whitlock has recently moved in with his cousin, Edward Cullen after his mom dies from cancer. He meets neighbor, bad girl, Bella Swan, & her older brother, Emmett, & Shortly after he meets, Emmett's girlfriend, Rosalie Hale & Bella's best friend, famous actress, Alice Brandon. Join them as they deal with being students at an elite Prep school, alcoholic parents, acting gigs, make ups, breakups, and a lot more... Think The O.C meets Twilight. We promise, it's a lot better than the summary makes it seem. Pictures for the story can be found here:
http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/profile.php?id=100001037472823&ref=profile Rated M: for underage drinking, language, possible lemons, and drug use.

This story has ideas from both Twilight, and the show The O.C, we tried to mix humor, drama, and romance to appeal to everyone, we also tried to make it a little different from your usual fanfiction... it doesn't start out canon couples, but we have plans on making sure it ends up that way. Disclaimer:: Stephenie Meyer owns all things Twilight & the writers/producers of the O.C own anything we may have borrowed from them =]

12. The Test

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Jasper POV

I was so glad Edward and Bella didn't come in the pool house a few minutes earlier last night. I know we all agreed to do this fake dating thing so that Bella and I could stay together, but Alice and I just sort of clicked hanging out alone for the past week. We might have been kissing with more than the approved "church tongue" moments before they came in. I felt bad, I mean, I know Bella and Edward had kissed when they were kids, but I was pretty sure they were kissing only when they had to make it believable, and only with church tongue. And I'd like to say that kissing Alice was no big deal, but kissing Alice was a very big deal, monumental even.

I was interrupted from my thought of debating if Alice tasted more like cotton candy or bubblegum when someone knocked on my door, probably Edward.

"Come in." I answered.

"Hey Jasper, I figured we could clean the house up for Mom as an anniversary present, since Dad sent her out shopping this morning." Edward explained his plan.

"Sounds good, let's go." I replied and got off the bed and headed towards the pool house door. Cleaning up Esme's house wasn't really a chore. She didn't have a maid but somehow the house always looked nearly perfect. So that was what Edward and I were doing, making it look perfect.

"I'll go grab the garbage out of the down stairs bathrooms; can you grab the two upstairs?" Edward asked. Cleaning with him was a breeze, the kid always had a plan.

"Sure." I replied. I quickly headed upstairs and collected the trash bounty and went back to the kitchen. No Edward. I checked outside, maybe he had more trash and already took it outside to the cans, nope. I went to check the bathroom, maybe he fell and hit his head and woke up in some alternate universe, not likely, but a guy can dream sometimes.

"Edward?" I asked knocking on the bathroom door since it was closed, and I didn't want to interrupt his ugh…private time, yeah, private time, that's what we'll call it. He opened the door less than ten seconds after, looking ghastly pale and slightly sick to his stomach.

"You okay dude? Did the trash make you puke?" I asked.

"No, but the positive pregnancy test I found beside it almost did." Edward replied dryly. He sat on the closed toilet seat and I saw the pregnancy test lying on the counter, yeah someone had a bun in the oven.

"Whose test is it?" I asked still confused about what the big deal is, so someone was going to have a baby, that was a good thing right?

"Jasper, name the females at the party last night." Edward asked, being snarky.

"Alice, Bella, Rose, and your Mom." I answered and then it hit me; Alice, Bella, or Rose had snuck in here to take a pregnancy test and they were pregnant. Fuck. I quickly went down the list: I rarely talked to Rose, so I knew I wasn't her baby daddy, Bella and I had barely made out since we started this whole fake dating thing, so I was good there, Alice and I had just made out like three times the past week or so. Yeah, I was good, no teenaged fatherhood for me, whew.

But, wait, if I didn't knock up Alice, Bella, or Rose than… "You fucked Bella or you fucked Alice, you fucker!" I spat at Edward, a little mad he had sex with either of them, and more pissed he didn't use his head and take some precautions.

"Dude! I haven't fucked anyone... yet." Edward shot back , which made me realize my cousin was a virgin. Not that it was shocking since he was dating his laptop when I moved in, but still not something you see often.

"So you and Alice never…" I trailed off letting him get the idea, because I couldn't ask it.

"No we kissed, and made out like twice maybe." Edward replied and I believed him.

"Bella and you haven't had sex either?" I asked wanting to cover all my bases.

"No, church tongue, that is all." Edward said and I felt he was telling the truth.

"Rose?" I asked just to be really sure I didn't need to get him a car seat as an early Fathers Day present.

"Dear God, don't even joke about that. I don't know if Rose or Em would kick my ass worse." Edward replied and laughed a little, a very little bit.

"You and Bella never…" Edward asked needing to hear my answers to the same questions I asked him.

"No you saw how far we have gone." I replied knowing he would accept my answer.

"You and Alice haven't had sex?" Edward asked.

"No, we have made out with more than church tongue, I will admit since we are being honest, but that is all Cuz, I swear. And no to Rose before you even ask." I answered and chanced a glance at Edward and saw that he looked happy.

"If neither of us have had sex with Alice or Bella, then the test has to be Rose's. As much as I am dreading this, I think we need to go talk to Emmett." Edward said.

Oh great, the Incredible Hulk of a man, who seemed to blame me for his sisters actions was going to be the man I told was a proud baby daddy. Yeah, I hoped today was a good day to die because I didn't see myself living long enough to explain to Emmett that we think the test is Rose's and we didn't have sex with Alice or Bella. It took forever to just explain that to my cousin and he liked me. Fuck my life.

Edward left the bathroom while I mentally went over my last will and testament in my head. By the time I was finished Edward returned with a plastic bag and gloves. He put on the gloves, picked up the test and put it in the bag.

"Now it's less gross." He explained as he removed the gloves and threw them in the trash bags we had collected. Edward carried the pregnancy test and I got the trash we dropped off outside before hitting the path to the Swans.

Off to see the Wizard I guess.

Emmetts POV

A nice relaxing afternoon just me and the Wii hanging out getting our tennis on. The girls were all out shopping or something, they were out together having safe fun, and that is all that mattered. This is how life was supposed to be; calm, relaxing, drama free. I enjoyed these moments because around here they were few and far between.

I was channeling my inner Federer when I heard the doorbell. Damn, double fault on my serve. I got up and made my way to the front door. "What?" I asked as I swung it open.

I'm now convinced my doorway is the gateway to hell, and I was never opening it again. Weeks ago I open the same door to find my drunken sister frolicking naked in the front yard being chased by Jazzhands. This time I'm greeted with the sight of Jazzhands and Edward Cullen, the boy my sister claims she is now dating, standing in my doorway with his arm outstretched and holding a baggy. At this point in time I wished the baggy had pot, even coke, but not a positive pregnancy test. Fuck my life; I am going to be an uncle before I turn twenty.

"Edward, I like your parents, they're cool as hell, and I'm too pretty for prison for murdering your ass, so you have one minute to explain this to me before I kill you." I said calmly, and I really don't think I was joking, but right now my brain wasn't working, so I'm not too sure of anything.

"The Short, please-don't-fucking-kill-me version is that I found the test in my downstairs bathroom today. Only the girls used that bathroom last night." Edward paused to be sure I was following along. I nodded my head for him to continue, I wasn't a genius but I was following along with where this was going. "Jasper and I talked. Neither of us have EVER had sex with Alice or Bella, so we're thinking it is Rose's." Edward explained quickly, really putting the emphasis on the 'ever.'

"So, you think Rose is pregnant?" I asked my heart might have stopped along with my brain for a few moments as well. I think one or both of the two jackasses in my doorway answered me, but I didn't really hear them.

Rose and I had talked about kids someday, when we were married and had established careers. I don't think either of us planned on being parents before we graduated college more than we already were, we had already had a drunken teenager to deal with. But don't get me wrong, Rose is my forever; she is the only girl who gets me. Rose doesn't just put up with my shit she understands and hell she has helped me practically raise Bella ,so I know she will be an amazing mom when the time comes.

No, Rose couldn't be pregnant because she would tell me first, I was sure of it. We were open and honest with each other, hell we had been together for years and practically lived together.

But if it wasn't Rose's test then that means it was either Bella or Alice's. I didn't want to think about it, Bella was my sister and Alice was practically the same, and the thought of one of the two dumb asses in front of me knocking them up in high school was enough to have me seeing red.

Wait, what if it wasn't Jasper or Edward's kid?

"Boys come inside we need to talk." I told them and went to the bar in the living room. I needed a drink to calm my nerves and deal with this shit.


"The sale today was amazing!" Rosalie exclaimed as I juggled my shopping bags to let the three of us in the front door so we could play with our new clothes.

"I know, I can't believe I got that Coach purse for almost half off!" Alice agreed, just as happily as we walked into the living room where Edward, Jasper, and Emmett sat quietly on the couch. The T.V was off, and they weren't even talking, something was wrong.

"Em?" I asked, setting my bags on the floor, looking at Alice and Rosalie who were equally as worried.

"What's going on?" Rose asked, as she and Alice both set their bags down as well.

"Why don't you guys tell us?" Emmett asked, finally looking up for the first time.

Okay, this was really scary.

"What are you talking about?" Alice asked, nervously.

"Did you guys buy baby stuff on your shopping trip?" He asked, Edward and Jasper seemed like they were choosing the silent road, which was probably smart, because this didn't sound like it was going to go well.

"Baby stuff, what the fuck are you talking about? Did one of you guys knock someone up?" I asked, looking between the three.

"Well, somebody did." Edward mumbled. Which made my eyes bulge out of my head.

"Wh-" Alice began, until Emmett held out a plastic bag with a positive pregnancy test. Everyone was silent for a minute, I think trying to figure out whose it could be.

I turned to Alice, "You had sex with them?" I asked, pointing to the boys.

"Bells! You know I'm a virgin!" she defended, which seemed to relax Rosalie, a little bit. "You had sex with them?" she mirrored my question. Holy fucking awkward with Emmett right here. I could feel his eyes burning into me.

"No, and I have my period!" I shot back, crossing my arms over my chest as we both turned to Rosalie. "Am I going to be an auntie?" I asked her, and then took a giant step back because it looked like she was about to slap the makeup off of me.

"Of course not, Emmett and I always use condoms! We have to raise you; we don't need a baby to throw into the mix." She snapped, and walked over to Emmett, "Baby, I would tell you, we already talked about waiting." She told him, sitting on his lap.

"So then, whose is it?" I asked, confused.

"Well, there's still a possibility." Emmett said, looking at me, everyone was looking at me. And then in dawned on me, Jake. I didn't think I was pregnant, we always used condoms, and if we were drunk and forgot, I was on the pill, so I couldn't possibly be pregnant.

"You think I... with Jake? Damn it Em, do you need to see my bloody tampon to believe me?" I asked him, a little hurt that he didn't have more faith in me. Where was my fucking flask? And maybe three cigarettes.

I noticed all the guys in the room cringed at my offer to prove I wasn't knocked up to my moron brother. "Well, you did throw up an awful lot that night, and you were crying, and you haven't been eating much..." he trailed off, looking as hurt as I felt.

"I was wasted Em!" I insisted. What. The. Fuck. "That explains both the crying and the puking. And I haven't been eating much because my tongue still fucking hurts!" I was getting really angry now.

"B, calm down." Cullen said softly. Fuck that.

"No." I told him, and walked closer to Emmett. "Em, you think I'd make that mistake? While I'm in high school? Do you really think I'm Renee?" I asked, he began to say something, but I kept going. "Well, for your information, I use condoms, and I've been on the pill since I was fourteen." I huffed.

"Fourteen?" Emmett asked.

"It's true, I took her." Rosalie told him, backing me up, finally.

"Fuck my life." Emmett groaned, putting his head in his hands.

"Asshole, it was to regulate my periods." I sighed, laughing in relief, feeling better that he seemed to forgive me.

"Okay, so none of us are pregnant, but there's still a positive pregnancy test." Alice stated.

"The caterers were there when we arrived." Cullen reminded us all.

"Yeah, I bet one of those slutty catering whores got knocked up at a party and chose the Cullen's bathroom as the place to take her test." I decided I liked that idea, a lot.

Edwards POV

"Let's take this test back to my house. Dad can call the company and file a complaint or something. We have tons of leftovers if anyone is hungry?" I offered hoping maybe some food would calm the moods around us.

"Sounds good, that food last night was awesome!" Emmett said before turning to B "Sorry sis, didn't mean to imply anything, I'm an ass, I know." he added, hugging her.

"It's cool Em, but just ask me and I'll tell you. You know I'm always honest with you." Bella replied and I felt a twinge of hurt. I wasn't sure if it was because I felt like we were lying to Em with the whole fake dating idea, or if it was because she used to always be honest with me too.

I carried the pregnancy test back towards my house when Bella broke the silence. "Cullen what is with you carrying that damn thing around like that?" She asked.

"I don't know I feel like it's my Precious." I said in my best Gollum voice. Everyone looked at me. Yeah I know it's weird to refer to a stick with some stranger's pee on it as your Precious, but I was happy none of us or the girls were having babies so it felt, I don't know, special to me. "No one else has seen Lord of the Rings?" I asked since no one got my joke, people rarely did.

"Is that the movie with the two gay guys on the mountain with their little gimp thing?" Bella asked.

"Yeah baby, that's Lord of the Brokeback Mountain." I replied and gave her a little hip bump. Bella smiled, which was nice. She might not get all my jokes but she seemed to get me and that was enough.

We all walked into the kitchen and got started on getting lunch ready. I pulled the food out of the fridge, Bella took it from me and warmed it up in either the stove or microwave, Alice got utensils to serve with while Jasper got plates and cutlery for everyone. We moved and worked as one unit and it felt nice, it felt right.

"Damn, I think this is even better the next day." Emmett added as we were all sitting around the island picking at various dishes.

"Having that in the middle of the table is kind of freaking me out." Bella admitted pointing to the test, making a disgusted face. The girl has no shame in not only admitting she was on her period, but offering to show her brother her used tampon, but a pregnancy test in a plastic bag gave her the willies, odd girl.

"Calm down Bella, I just don't want to lose it. It's evidence." I explained.

"Evidence some skank couldn't have her lover wear a condom, wasn't smart enough to be on the pill, or to take Plan B the next day if it came to it." Alice replied, suddenly with a wealth of contraceptive information.

Everyone started laughing and continued eating and making jokes. I think everyone was happy to let the tension and anxiety from earlier melt away.

"So Jasper, any thoughts on why type of car you want to get?" I asked knowing Mom and Dad wanted to get him his own wheels and it made sense. I liked my cousin but I did not want to be his chauffeur forever.

"Honestly no, I don't have a clue." Jasper replied looking a little defeated.

"What kind of cars do you like?" Alice asked reaching over and giving his hand a squeeze. I know that should probably bother me on some level but since I had been holding Bella's hand since we sat down it didn't, we had to keep up the pretense in front of Emmett and Rose.

"I know a guy Eric at my old school had this old Camaro he had fixed up, and it looked awesome." Jasper said.

"A guy had his old Camaro in the shop getting new tires few weeks ago, he said something about selling it. It looked beautiful and since it was a show car it was in great shape. I can give him a call and see if he still has it," Rose offered. I think that was the most she has ever said to Jasper at a time.

"That would be cool Rose, thank you." Jasper replied. That one always had the manners.

"No problems, since you're practically family," Rose said as she leaned over and nudged Alice with her shoulder causing Alice and Jasper to blush.

We finished lunch and just cleaned up our mess and were sitting around the kitchen island just chatting when Mom walked in. She looked from the pregnancy test to me, from the test to Jasper, from the test to Bella and she continued until she had completed it with the rest of the group, with a look of horror on her face the whole time, wonderful. Great we get to once again explain that none of us are going to be teen parents.

"Mom, breathe!" I ordered her when I noticed she hadn't inhaled any oxygen in the last few moments.

"Where did you get this test Edward?" Mom demanded.

"It's not any of ours. We found it in the bathroom while cleaning up. We figure it must be one of the catering companies' peoples." I explained.

"It doesn't belong to anyone at the catering company, Edward." Mom spat at me, clearly pissed.

"Mom, I swear none of us are pregnant nor have impregnated anyone, depending on gender." I said trying to make a little bit of joke, but Mom was mad.

"Of course not Edward!" Mom replied with the anger gone from her face, but now she looked sad.

"Then why are you getting so upset Mom?" I asked.

"Because this is not how I wanted you to find out about your little brother or sister." Mom replied with a slight smile.

I knew somewhere in the deep, deep, dark heavily buried part of my brain that my parents had sex. I didn't want to admit it, but I acknowledged the physical act was possible between them and might have occurred on occasion. What I did not realize was that my parents could still make babies. I figured once you reached a certain age your baby makers stop working, were removed, or just retired quietly to a nice condo in Florida like my Nana Cullen.

"Congratulations Esme!" Alice squealed and ran and hugged my mom. Bella and Rose soon joined the estrogen party and had one big group hug, it was kind of touching.

Maybe I watch too much TV or just have never been around a real human baby in my life, but I kept picturing my Mom giving birth to Stewie from Family Guy in a few months. Stewie Cullen would hate Mom and try to kill her, so I of course would have to counter plot against him to keep our Mother alive. What happened when I went to college and no one was around to defend Mom from Stewie Cullen?

Suddenly I couldn't breathe and the room with getting dark. Everyone's voice started sounded farther away like they were talking through a tunnel; eventually all I saw was black.

I heard voices; they seemed to be my Mom and Dad. Hopefully they would wake me up and tell me what just happened was some crazy fever dream brought on by bad burritos or something. Anything would be a better explanation than I was going to be a big brother soon.

"Esme that is wonderful news, but why is Edward passed out on the sofa?" My dad asked.

"He found the test while I was at the doctors getting confirmation. He didn't take the news so well. He kept muttering something about 'Stewie Cullen' and then fainted. Luckily Jasper caught him before he hit the floor, and he and Emmett put him on the sofa." Mom explained.

Fuck it wasn't a dream.

"He fainted like a little girl." Jasper teased. The ass didn't even know I was awake and was giving me shit.

"He didn't faint, he passed out." Bella defended me. Thank you, at least someone was on my side.

"Yeah, I passed out, it sounds less dandy then fainting." I replied, surprising everyone as I opened my eyes.

"Edward, honey, I'm so sorry you found out like this. I didn't think anyone would find the test before I got back from the doctor's office and knew for sure." Mom said with tears in her eyes.

"It's okay Mom, it was just shocking news, that's all. But I'm happy for you and Dad, really congratulations." I said and meant it. My parents were awesome and I was already sharing them with Jasper, so what was another one? they always had plenty of love to go around.

"Come on! I say we go out to dinner and something fun maybe karaoke or something, my treat." Emmett offered. I think he was glad we finally solved the mystery of the pregnancy test once and for all. Great we were turning into the fucking Scooby Doo gang.

"Sounds good." Rose said.

"I am craving Hibachi!" Alice added.

"Oh, hibachi sounds good." Jasper chimed in.

"You really okay with this Cullen?" Bella asked as she helped me up off the couch.

"Yeah B, I think it'll be great and thanks for having my back." I said as I gave her a kiss. Yes, it wasn't just for our cover, it was because I was a selfish bastard and wanted to kiss her.

"No problem." she replied with another smile, I missed her smiles she didn't seem to smile often enough. I would have to make it my mission to get her to smile more.


Hibachi! Yum! Today was a good day, none of us girls were pregnant, Esme was pregnant! We were eating Hibachi, and, this fake dating idea was working out wonderfully.

Jasper and I had spent a lot of time together, we had even kissed a few times, which I felt really bad for because Edward was the guy I was dating, and Bella was my best friend who was really dating Jasper. But then I would look and those two together, and the way they orbited around each other, and were obviously the missing pieces they both needed, I didn't feel as bad, still a little bad, but not as bad.

"I can't believe there's going to be a little baby Cullen this time next year!" I announced to the oddly quiet car. I was sitting in the front of the Volvo next to Edward, who was driving, and Bella and Jasper were sitting in the back, she was leaning her head on his shoulder, but they weren't talking.

"Can we not think about my mom being pregnant for right now?" Edward asked, winking at me, I smiled back, but his wink definitely didn't have the same effect that Jasper's wink had.

"Bells, you okay?" I asked her, she seemed to be off in another world, staring at the back of Edward's head. She was so obvious.

She seemed to jump out of her trance, and looked at me with a lost look on her face, "No, I'm fine, just thinking." she smiled at me, and kissed Jasper on the cheek as Edward pulled into the Bonsai Garden's parking lot, and found an empty spot. It didn't seem too busy tonight, which was good. Just as we got out of the car, Emmett's jeep pulled into the spot a few spaces down, so I gladly walked over to Jasper and grabbed his hand, we looked at each other and smiled. I turned to look to see Edward wrap his arm around Bella's waist and kiss the top of her head. I should have felt jealous, but I couldn't help but smile, they looked so right together.

"I cannot wait to have some Sake!" Bella said excitedly as we entered the front doors, and I swear, if looks could kill, Bella would have dropped dead from the look Emmett was giving her. "Oh stop, I'm not trying to get wasted, but you know what they say "no Sake no happy!" and you don't want me to be no happy, do you big brother?" she pouted, pushing out her bottom lip.

Emmett groaned, but didn't say anything; he turned his attention to the woman who was leading us over to a grill. He and Rosalie slid in first, followed by Bella and Edward, and then Jasper and I. After the cute little waitress took our orders, Rosalie, ever so blunt, started the conversation, "So we all dodged the bullet huh?" she chuckled, and Emmett smirked and shook his head at her.

"Thank god." he said, still narrowing his eyes at the boys, which made me giggle.

"I'm so happy for Esme though!" I said excitedly, clapping my hands together, I couldn't wait until she had her baby shower and we could go shopping for cute, tiny little, outfits.

"I know, that's so awesome." Jasper agreed, and we all turned to Edward, who looked pale again.

"I'm fine with it," he grumbled blushing a little, "I just kind of freaked out for a second back there, that's all." he shrugged, taking a sip of his water.

"Aww baby, it's okay." Bella teased, giggling as her shoulder bumped him, and he smiled up at her.

"All right, you guys need to fucking come clean already, I'm not buying this partner swap thing." Emmett bellowed, calling us out.

"Whatever are you talking about?" Bella asked innocently, cuddling up to Edward's side.

"Cut the shit B, what happened to our honesty pact?" Emmett asked her, clearly unhappy.

"How much more honest can this get?" she asked, grabbing Edward's face and kissing him, again. I looked at Jasper who had turned away from his kissing cousin, and I put my hand on the back of his neck and pulled him down to me, kissing him. Those two didn't get to have all the fun.

"All right. Fuck. I want to fucking eat, god damnit." Emmett whined, causing us all to laugh, and stop kissing, for now.

The chef came over and grilled our food, and gave us a lot of sake, so everyone was happy, even Emmett. "So, we should totally do something after we eat." I said in between bites of my chicken hibachi, words could not describe how much I loved Hibachi, not only was the food amazing, but the atmosphere was great too, and the chef's were always so fun, and they each had their own unique way of cooking the food and making it fun. My favorite was the volcano made out of onion. The fire was a little scary but I just snuggled closer to Jasper when the flame flared over the cooking surface.

"I agree, I'm not ready to go back home." Edward admitted as Bella fed him a piece of her shrimp. Sometimes I thought that they forgot they weren't really dating, either that or they were making me rethink my acting skills.

"Okay, so we're all down to do something, but what should we do? Anywhere we won't run into kids from school, I don't want to chance another run in with Whoren and Jessislut." Bella said taking a sip of her water.

"Let's go to a club! I want to go dancing." Rosalie suggested in between bites, the boys and Bella collectively groaned, they were all such fun suckers.

"I've got it!" Emmett beamed, his dimples big on his face, "Let's go to a karaoke bar!"

"Hell yeah!" Bella agreed, laughing,

"Do you kids have your Jenks' Id's?" Emmett asked which made me giggle, he hated Jenks and all of his fake I.d's, aside from the two he and Rosalie had, of course.

"Oh Emmett, you know better than to ask us that." I smiled at him, both Bella and I laughed.

"All right, sounds awesome!" Emmett boomed, excitedly.

We finished the rest of our dinners pretty quickly; everyone seemed excited to do something different, and fun. We were sure in for a night full of laughs. I already had a few thoughts brewing in my mind, I could barely sit still. I felt Jasper's hand rest on my knee, and that helped me stop bouncing, but I was still excited, there was no stopping that.

Once Emmett paid for the dinner, on Renee's card of course, but none of us argued, we made our way outside.

"See you guys at Karaoke!" Emmett yelled as he and Rosalie jumped into his jeep. I climbed in the back next to Jasper, gladly taking his hand, and Bella took the front seat with Edward.

Tonight was going to be so much fun!

Emmetts POV

I was not buying this whole couple swap thing, at all. Sure Bella told me she liked Edward when she was drunk and puking, but she had also told me she was done with Jake at least a dozen times before she actually was, so I was taking a more wait and see approach. I liked Edward, I really did, he was a nice guy and honestly Bella seemed happier lately then she had been in years. She seemed to smile more, and drink less. Hell, I don't think I had seen her flask in awhile and the best part was- no more public nudity. I liked the no more public nudity part of her the best, I didn't think my heart could take it anymore, or my libido.

"Come on B, let's go pick us out a song to do as a duo to get this party started!" I said and threw an arm my sister, leading her inside The Broken Fiddle.

"Sure Em, how about we do 'I got you babe?'" Bella suggested.

"Nah, I need something old school." I replied.

"You don't get much older than Sonny and Cher." Bella commented, mumbling something at the end that sounded like 'except for Winnie,' But I didn't say anything, because I agreed.

"Come on let's go look through the book. You guys find us a table, Rose order me a beer please babe?" I asked.

"Sure." Rose said and gave me a kiss before we were off. We walked on stage and flipped through the song selection book, coming across a few good ideas.

"How about we sing 'Just the Two of Us'?" I suggested.

"That's more a father and son kind of song Em, damn, you'd think you would listen to a song before you selected it." Bella said giving my arm a punch. Sometimes I regretted teaching her how to properly hit with force.

"I got it B, the perfect song." I pointed and she nodded.

"Okay but we need to cut out the high note parts, I can't hit those." Bella admitted, and she was right, that girl was okay with normal singing, but if she tried to hit a high note, stay away from glass. We game planned on how to cut out some of the more singing parts of the song and just decided to either say another chorus instead or repeat a previous verse.

The emcee, Mack, took the stage and announced we were up next. We came out on the stage and the music started so I started off with the first line, throwing in some old school dance moves for good measure.

Anything you can do,
I can do better.

Bella did her part, also adding some of her own old school dance moves, neither of us could dance, and it was probably pretty clear.

I can do anything
Better than you .

We kept going back and forth singing the silly song, and doing ridiculous dance moves. I had chuckle to myself when I sang:

I can drink my liquor
Faster than a flicker.

Because Bella's part was.

I can drink it quicker
And get even sicker!
We finished the song to a thunder of applause and cat calls, most of which came from our table, but still it felt good to just have fun with my sister and our friends.

"You were great babe!" Rose said as we got back to the table, and rewarded me with a kiss. I was hoping to get rewarded with more, but that would have to wait until we were home later.

"You guys were both good." Edward said and gave Bella a kiss. He kept it PG this time, and for that I would allow him the pleasure of living a little longer.

"I have the best idea EVER!" Alice shrieked. Surely the girl realized at a certain decibel level she was talking to dogs and not humans any longer, right?

"What's this great idea darling?" Jasper asked while trying to clear the ringing out of his ears.

"A boys versus girls karaoke off." Alice explained.

"Sounds cool, but how are we going to judge it? and what does the winning side get?" I asked, always up for some healthy competition. I was interested but wanted to hear the terms before I agreed.

"Audience applause determines the winners. We go girls, then boys singing, since ladies go first. Winning team gets to pick a song for the whole losing team to perform." Alice explained. "but we'll wait until after everyone has had a chance to get up there alone."

Everyone nodded their heads in agreement. Seemed like a nice friendly game and besides if we lost worst case scenario us guys would be up there singing 'All The Single Ladies' or something equally dumb to try and embarrass us.

"Game on girls game on." I said and huddled with the boys over at our own table nearby.

We were discussing song choose strategy. We all needed to pick something unique and make it our own but also something most people at the karaoke bar had heard. Alice and Bella came back for discussing our plans with Mack who seemed cool with the idea since he gave us the thumbs up sign.

"Good luck Cullen." Bella said and she sat in Edward's lap and gave him a kiss. My sister was a traitor trying to take out one of my guys with her feminine wiles. Well she did learn winning from the best, me.


"All right guys, I'm going next, I already know which song I'm doing." I grinned, kissing Emmett, and making my way on stage. I heard some cat calls as I spoke quickly to the emcee, who thought my song choice was a perfect idea. Duh, it would work perfectly for me, Emmett was going to die.

I walked to the center of the stage, and grabbed the mike, tapping my foot to the beat, and swaying my hips seductively as the music started. Once the crowd recognized the song, they all began bobbing their heads, and making cat calls. Emmett, Bella and Alice were the loudest three of course.

I winked at them, and the words came on, and I began singing:

Love is like a bomb
baby come on get it on
livin' like a lover
with a radar phone

I swung my hips back and forth as I busted out some sexy dance moves as Def Leppard poured out from the speakers.

Sometime, anytime
sugar me sweet
little miss ah innocent
sugar me, ya

I continued to dance around the stage, keeping my eyes on Emmett the entire time, pretending it was just the two of us in the room, preparing for the chorus:

pour some sugar on me,
ooh, in the name of love
pour some sugar on me,
c'mon, fire me up

I continued dancing around, and pumped out some sexy moves as the song came to a close

Pour some sugar on me,
get it, come get it
pour your sugar on me,

I smiled widely and winked at Emmett as the music came to a stop, the entire audience applauded, and whistled their approval at me, I thanked Mack and made my way back to the table.

"Holy shit Rose." Bella said, smiling at me from her spot on Edward's lap, she probably wasn't smiling about my performance, from what she had told me about walking in on Edward changing; he was packing some heat in that area.

"Seriously." Jasper agreed, nodding.

"You were so fucking hot!" Emmett boomed, wrapping his arm around me and giving me a kiss.

Jaspers POV

"Paper, rock, scissors to see who has the follow my blonde bombshell." Emmett suggested since none of really wanted to follow Rose. Em picked paper; Edward picked paper; and stuck me, I picked rock. Damn, I lost.

"What should I sing?" I asked clearly having no idea how I got talked into this stupid karaoke contest, oh that's right, Alice suggested it.

"Achy Breaky Heart?" Em suggested, I just hung my head.

"God Bless Texas?" Edwards suggested, and I considered it but was afraid no one had heard of it.

"I'll just go look through the catalog." I said.

It took me a few minutes to find the song I wanted. Sure it was a popular band, but wasn't a huge song of theirs but I liked it and it seemed to fit how I was feeling. I let Mack know the song and took the stage.

The drums set a nice tempo and I tapped my foot with the beat as the guitar kicked in.

Walking off that stage tonight
I know what you're thinking
He stands alone because he's high on himself
But if you only knew..

I sang and tried not to butcher Fall Out Boy's 'Pretty in Punk'. I couldn't help glance at the girl's table when I sang.

I was terrified and would you mind if I
sat next to you and watched you smile
So many kids but I only see you
And I don't think you notice me

I noticed as I completed the lines I wasn't looking at the girls. I was looking at Alice. I finished the song since it was mostly a chorus repeating the same line over and over and ducked off the stage, before the applause started. I did notice Alice standing and cheering louder then anyone and that made me smile.


So, Jazzy did amazing, and I couldn't help but think he was singing to me, I glanced over at Bella and Edward to see if they had noticed it, but they were too busy in their "relationship" mode to notice anyone else.

"Bells, it's down to me or you, babe." I told her, breaking her Edward induced trance.

"I was just up there with Em, you can go." she smiled at me, and I think she just wanted to stay in Edward's lap. But I didn't mind, I already had a song in mind, and I was pretty sure everyone knew it, I mean, it was Joan Jett, who hasn't heard at least a part of her songs?

"Okay, I have a good idea of the song I want anyways." I grinned, kissing Jazzy, more because I wanted to than for show, but it was for good luck. I hopped off my seat and made my way up to Mack, I told him what I wanted and he grinned, but looked a little skeptical, I didn't think he thought tiny ol' me could come close to Joan Jett's voice. Granted I wasn't the greatest singer ever, but when you're an actor, you have to be the jack of all trades, so I knew what I was doing.

As I walked to the center of the stage, I loosened out my lips, and mentally prepared myself. When the music started, immediately the crowd knew which song I had chosen, and they all began to sing along, I looked over at my table and they were all cheering me on. I was a little nervous because neither Edward or Jasper had heard me sing before, but it was now or never.

I saw him dancin' there
by the record machine
I knew he musta been
about seventeen

I belted out the lyrics, causing an uproar in the crowd, and even Mack, I couldn't help but giggle a little, that's the thing about being so tiny, no one expected me to be able to have anything but a tiny voice. I danced around stage, getting pretty into it.

Singin' I love Rock n' Roll
So put another dime in
the jukebox, baby
I love Rock n' Roll
some come an' take your time
and dance with me

I danced around the stage, totally getting lost in the song, when the music stopped, it took me a few seconds to realize that I had completely jammed out to the entire song. I flushed from embarrassment a little bit, but that quickly faded away with all of the applause and cheering coming from the audience. I handed Mack the microphone and made my way back to the table.

"Tiny! You're voice is awesome!" Emmett boomed messing up my hair, I would normally have given him hell for that, but I was still pumped with adrenaline.

"You were amazing." Jazzy whispered into my ear as he wrapped his arms around me, and I couldn't stop the smile from spreading across my face. Everything was perfect.

Emmett POV

"I got this one Edward." I said and made my way to the stage. Yeah, I noticed this song when Bella and I looked through the catalog earlier. It has a nice beat plus it had my nickname in it, and I totally dug Asher Roth. I went over and shared my song choice with Mack. He laughed, I guess it wasn't his favorite style of music.

I took the stage and waited for the song to start. The bass kicked on the opening notes and it rattled my bones a little. Damn those were some good monitors at the edge of the stage then.

I let the backing vocals of the songs cover Chester's part.

Take me as I am my friend
aint gon change, wont be no end
rock these songs, rock these shows
only good life I know

Then I jumped in:

I was in 7th grade when I heard the slim shady LP
Ya my mom brought it down when I was ironing, Irony
Getting out the wrinkles, Just a little kid in middle school

I moved with the lyrics channeling my inner white boy rapper, which wasn't hard, I rocked rap music.

Ya I wish I could agree, but I've already had enough
I've already given up, from playin the same game
Every interview, feel like I'm sayin the same thang
Like Em was great, ya he paved the way for me
He was inspiration for everybody from a to z

I admit it was hard to keep the rhyme and flow of the words coming from my mouth while moving around the stage trying to live up to the stage presence of those who performed before me. But I did my best.

So long to all the blogs, could swore they knew me
If you have no further questions I cant think of other thoughts
Then id like to introduce you to Asher Paul Roth

I stood when the song ended in the middle of the stage with my arms crossed over my chest giving my best bad ass scowl. As soon as I exited the stage Rose jumped on me and wrapped her legs around me. My hands quickly found their home, on her ass. We might have went a bit beyond PG with our enthusiastic display, but we kept it at a good solid R rating.

"Em you rocked babe!" Rose said when she finally peeled her lips from mine and stood on her own two feet.

"Yeah Em, you did great. Guess it's my turn now" Bella said and gave me a quick hug.

Edward pulled her down and whispered something in her ear. It made her smile and that made me happy, but I hoped it wasn't dirty. Yes, I was a hypocrite, I could make out with my girlfriend in front of anyone but he had to keep it clean. You know why? because his girlfriend is my sister and that shit just isn't cool.

Edwards POV

"You'll do great beautiful." I whispered in Bella's ear before she left to go pick out her song.

Emmett was giving me the evil eye and I was a little wary of him, but Jasper seemed too wrapped up with Alice, who was literally wrapped in his arms in his lap, so I seemed safe. I watched Bella as she looked through the catalog; she was biting her lip so I knew she was having trouble picking the perfect song. I had an idea of a few songs I wanted to do, but would wait and choose after Bella performed.

"It is rude to stare Edward." Rose reminded me and I tried to pull my attention away from Bella, but it was hard. I thought I heard Emmett growled at me, of course, it could have been his stomach since he hadn't eaten in the past hour.

"Why don't I order us all some nachos to snack on?" I suggested knowing food would distract Emmett and with that him nor his belly could growl at me if he was eating nachos. I got up and placed the order with Joy who quickly filled it.

I was walking back to the table with when I was assaulted by the opening chords to my favorite Weezer song.

Somebody's Heine' is crowdin' my icebox
Somebody's cold one is givin' me chills
Guess I'll just close my eyes

I couldn't help myself I was rocking along to the music and amazed by the little songstress on stage. I admit, she didn't have perfect pitch, but she rocked on this song and made it her own.

Flip on the tele'
Wrestle with Jimmy
Something is bubbling

Behind my back
The bottle is ready to blow

Say it ain't so
Your drug is a heart breaker

Say it ain't so
My love is a life taker

I swear Bella looked right at me as she sang the last verse and it made me a little nervous, or excited, or both, yes, definitely both.

I can't confront you
I never could do
That which might hurt you
So try and be cool
When I say
This way is a waterslide away from me that takes you further every day
So be cool

Bella started to wail the last verse and I could see her eyes tear up, I wasn't sure if it was from straining her voice, or because the words that she was singing:

Dear Daddy,
I write you in spite of years of silence.
You've cleaned up, found Jesus,
things are good or so I hear.
This bottle of Steven's
awakens ancient feelings.
Like father, stepfather, the son is drowning in the flood

The song ended and the audience went crazy, but Bella was quickly making her way off of the stage, so I rushed to meet her and scooped her up into a big hug.

"Baby, you were wonderful." I whispered in her ear.

"Thanks but you're up next, and I need water, my throat feels like I swallowed sand." Bella said breaking our embrace and heading towards the table. I made my way up towards the song book to pick out the song having a clearer idea of what I wanted to sing now.


As I got back to the table, no one said anything, Emmett pulled me into a tight hug, and I was grateful. I tried not to think about my dad, and how much his leaving really hurt me, but when I saw the song, I had to do it, I thought I could handle it. Apparently, I was more affected than I thought, and for once, I was glad I wasn't drunk. But I could definitely use a cigarette.

Emmett let me go as an all too familiar Cute is What We Aim For song came blasting through the speakers, I looked up just in time to see Cullen put the microphone up to his lips, and I found myself wishing I was the one he was holding that close.

I got birds in my ears
and a devil on my shoulder
and a phone to the other
and I can't get a hold of her
and what's a crush to do?
And what's a crush to do?
When you can't get through.

I took my seat, unable to break the trance Cullen had over me, his voice was amazing, smooth, melodic, and calming, he sang it better than the actual group did. I hated whiny emo bands, but he was changing my mind on that point.

I'm obsessed and stressed
with this mess
I can't think of things
to write down, to type down
and these fingertips are
moving faster than these lips

Cullen sang beautifully into the mic, searching the crowd until his eyes finally found mine and his signature crooked; fucking adorable smile graced his face as he continued:

Grammatically speaking
you're adorable
and from what I hear
you're quite adorable

The rest of the song played through, and we didn't break eye contact at all, I felt like he was singing to me, and only me, and I got that jello-ish feeling in my knees again. What was this boy doing to me? I bit my bottom lip as the crowd applauded and he walked back to the table, everyone told him how good he did, I gave him a quick kiss.

"You all right?" he asked, taking my hand in his. I nodded, smiling as I turned to look at Jasper and Alice, who hadn't even noticed me and Edward. I couldn't help but feel bad, sometimes I forgot we weren't really dating, and it made me feel bad for Jasper, and wonder what would happen to our real relationship.

"So, I think it's clear that us girls did wayyyy better than you boys!" Alice chirped, grinning evilly.

"Devil woman." Cullen mumbled under his breath, which of course made me burst out into a fit of giggles, which I did my best to hide by nuzzling my face into his chest.

"Ya, ya." Emmett grumbled, never a happy loser, "So what do you intend on torturing us with? 'Single Ladies,' 'Back that ass up,' we're prepared for anything, right boys?" he bellowed, chuckling.

"Nope." Alice said simply, popping the 'p,' I couldn't help but giggle again; she was going to drag this out, just to torture them.

"Damn Alice," Emmett said, frustrated, "tell us, or we're not doing it."

"You are such a petulant child sometimes." I informed my oaf of a brother, rolling my eyes.

"Well, damnit B." he grumbled.

"Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody.'" Alice said, ending his temper tantrum.

"damnit, You have a heart of stone." Cullen sighed, shaking his head, which made everyone laugh.

"Have fun!" I called to them, squeezing Edward's hand before we let go and the boys made their way up on the stage, and told Mack what they were performing, and Mack laughed his ass off as he handed them three microphones.

Emmett was front and center, and Edward and Jasper were on either side of him, pushed back a little bit. The three of them all began at once:

Is this the real life?
Or is this just fantasy?

They all started moving around in different directions, each doing different things. Jasper was shaking his hips awkwardly, Edward was bobbing his head, and Emmett was raising the roof. It was hilarious, I looked at Rose and Alice who were cracking up, and I turned back to the stage, laughing myself, not wanting to miss anything.

I'm just a poor boy
I need no sympathy
Because I'm easy come, easy go
Little high, little low
any way the wind blows,
doesn't really matter to me

Emmett was belting out the high notes, and let me tell you, it was god awful, but it was fucking hilarious. Edward and Jasper were doing some weird ass dancing in the background, they had the entire crowd laughing, my stomach hurt from laughing so hard, but it was like a train wreck, as much as you wanted to look away, you couldn't.

I see a little silhouetto of a man
Scaramouch, Scaramouch
will you do the Fandango

During the fast part I was laughing so hard I almost fell off my chair, I looked to see that both Rosalie and Alice were gripping the table, presumably holding themselves up. The three boys were doing the 'A Night at The Roxbury' head bob, but extremely fast to keep up with the beat. It was fucking funny.

The song ended with Emmett on his knees and his arms extended above his head, and Edward and Jasper were each doing their own silly poses. The crowd stood up erupting into applause, all of us girls did catcalls to our men as they bowed and left the stage.

"That was awesome!" Rose laughed as they rejoined us at the table.

"Yeah Em, who knew you could hit those high notes?" I giggled, leaning into Edward's sign, and grimaced as a tiny voice in my brain whispered 'home.'

"You boys were awesome!" Alice agreed, bouncing on her toes.

"So what now? This night is too good to end." Jasper admitted.

"Let's go to the pier, I'm craving a corn dog." Rose said, eyeing me and Alice oddly, I couldn't help but feel like she may have known the truth about this, I wasn't sure.

"Ahh, craving?" Emmett said, "are you sure that test wasn't yours babe?" he asked, and the rest of us collectively groaned, "What, too soon?" he asked, grinning, as we made our way out to the parking lot and to the cars.

Edward drove to the pier, and we were quiet for the drive, not an uncomfortable silence, but more like a content, and relaxed, two, or four, couples driving together somewhere. Yeah, it wasn't awkward at all. Fuck my life. I couldn't help but think this was my fault. When we got to the pier, there was an empty spot next to Emmett's jeep, so Edward pulled in and parked, we climbed out to see Rosalie and my brother eating each others faces in the car. Really? I couldn't date someone, but they could display R rated public displays of affection anytime, anywhere? I groaned and banged on the window, and opened the door.

"Emmett." I said, crossing my arms over my chest, "seriously?"

"Sorry B, do what I say, not what I do." he scolded as the six of us made our way down the pier, towards the corn dog stand.

"So, how's your tongue feeling?" Edward asked me, putting his arm around my waist.

"it's still a little bit sore, but not as much, and I think all the swelling went down." I told him, sticking my tongue out, so he could see it.

"it's really..." he trailed off. "cute, yeah, cute." he decided, I giggled at him as we waited in line for Rosalie and Emmett to get their damn corn dogs.

"Let's go on the Ferris wheel!" Alice squealed, leading us towards the one thing I didn't want to face again, especially not with Cullen, I really wasn't ready for this.

"Uh, I uh, I..." I sputtered, sounding like a giant fucking moron.

"Come on B!" Emmett said, oblivious. Damnit. "You used to talk about how much you loved this thing all the time!" he continued to salt the wounds.

"We don't have to, if you really don't want to." Cullen said quietly, a hurt look on his face. God, motherfucking, damnit. The universe really does hate me.

Edward POV

I swear some people hated the Dungeon of Terrors and other lame "scary" rides, but to me right now getting on the Ferris wheel with Bella was terrifying. I was trying to think of a good excuse to make up for me to haul ass to the bathroom. Not sure if I needed to puke or piss more but I was sure I had to expel something from me to prevent doing it on the Ferris wheel with Bella.

Rose and Emmett got on the bucket before us, Bella and I on the next, and Alice and Jazzhands on the last.

They say something's are awkward but I don't know, this just felt beyond that. We sat there silent, in a very awkward uncomfortable depressing silence for a while, it was killing me.

"A penny for your thoughts B?" I asked, since she seemed to be lost in thought looking over the edge of the bucket.

"Even you don't have that many pennies Cullen." Bella replied back without even looking at me. Well this is going great, thanks Rose and Alice for your great fucking ideas.

"I do have a large piggy bank I have been saving for years, so why don't you try me." I snapped back, trying to get something similar to a civil conversation flowing.

"You don't want to know." Bella answered.

"Fuck B, quit locking me out. Just open up and tell me what's going on. Did I do something wrong?" I asked running my fingers through my hair. God, this woman was frustrating the shit out of me.

"Fine you want to know Cullen? are you sure you really want to know?" Bella asked and she turned to look at me, so that was an improvement.

"Please." I practically begged, God I was pathetic.

"Okay but once I unlock the door and let all the crazy out and your brain melts in your skull don't say you weren't warned." she sighed, "I'm so tired of this fake dating bull shit. I'm a selfish bitch and did it because I liked Jasper and then I liked you. Well, no, I guess I liked you, then Jasper, then back to you again, but you get the point. I thought this would make it easier. I could be with both of you, but not really, and everyone would be happy and I wouldn't fuck up our happy little group, but I can't do it anymore, I'm just more conflicted than ever now." Bella said, exasperated, as she broke down.

"So you don't want to pretend to be my girlfriend anymore? You decided you liked Jasper better?" I asked and I might have sounded just a tad like a whiny little bitch, but only a tad.

"No." Bella replied simply.

No? all I get is a damn no?

"No what, Bella?" I asked, slightly confused. Bella inhaled deeply and I tried to calm my heart down. It would not be cool to faint in front of her again.

"No, I don't want to be your fake girlfriend anymore and no I don't like Jasper better. " Bella said and looked me right in the eyes. God she had beautiful eyes.

"So what do you want then Bella?" I asked clearly still confused by this beautiful, nerve racking girl.

"You." Bella said barely above a whisper and before I knew it her lips where on mine.

Her mouth pressed against mine with a fiery passion I had never felt before and I found myself trying to match it so she would know I felt the same way. Yes, I couldn't say it, but I could show her, I would show her. Bella opened her mouth and her tongue swept my bottom lip asking for entrance, and who was I to deny her? I opened my mouth and released my tongue into hers. I instinctively put one hand on her neck and the other on her hip and was rewarded by Bella running her fingers through my hair. I liked when she did that. Kissing Bella like this was against what we told our friends we would do, but damn, it just felt so right, like it was meant to be. Kissing on our Ferris wheel after all these years again, it was fate. We kept the kiss going, deepening it and exploring more of each others mouths with our tongues than I thought humanly possible. I Finally needed to break away for oxygen, stupid being human and needing to breathe.

I looked at Bella and her lips looked slightly puffy and raw from the kiss we had just shared. Did that count as one kiss or kissing? Oh, we would debate that later.

"Whoa that was- you are amazing," I said because we all know I'm smooth like that especially when Bella Swan has once against scrambled by brain.


After we pulled away from the kiss, I couldn't take my eyes off of him, he was perfect in that moment. Everything was perfect in that moment. Everything felt so right, Edward had been my first kiss all those years ago, the first boy to make me cry, the first boy to hold my hand, the first boy to stop my tears, and the first boy I ever liked. He should have been my first for everything.

"B-" he began, but I interrupted him, I had to say what I needed to say now, or I never would.

"Cullen, I'm scared." I admitted, and he looked surprised, "You scare the shit out of me." I told him truthfully. "Why do you think the first time you kissed me in the tree house I hit you? Or how about the second time you tried, right here, on this exact Ferris wheel?" I asked him, he remained silent, knowing he wasn't really supposed to answer. "and I stopped talking to you the day after. Because you make me feel things, and with my family being so fucked up, with my dad," I paused, knowing I had to choke the part about my dad out, "when he left, and Renee started drinking every single day, instead of just five days a week, I was so fucked up, everything was so fucked up." I told him, not even sure if I was making sense, I don't know why I was even opening up, it was that fucking Weezer song, it got me like this every time. "Cullen, you're too good for me, you always have been, me and my life, it's a disaster." I mumbled the end, breaking eye contact with him.

"B," he said softly, pushing my chin up with his hand, "You're not a disaster." he said, truth covering his face, I bit my bottom lip. "I always thought I did something wrong, that I did something to make you hate me." he explained.

"I never hated you, ever. I knew I would hurt you." I told him as he interlaced his fingers with mine. "I just couldn't deal if I ever hurt you."

"I missed my best friend all these years." he said and leaned in, kissing me softly. And while I felt like a giant weight had been lifted off my shoulders, I couldn't help but feel like I had still hurt him anyways.

Leave it to Cullen to always forgive me for constantly fucking up.