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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 =]

7. Et Tu, Mommy

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Chapter 7

Esme POV

Bella was coming to dinner. That thought instantly brought a smile to my face. Alice was coming as well, and though I didn't know Alice personally, I had known her name, everyone did, as well as her face, and I had also known that she spent most of her time with Bella. And I also knew that my son had romantic feelings toward her, so I was happy to finally be meeting her.

I started the stove and began gathering the ingredients I would need for dinner, spinach ravioli made from scratch, that used to be both Bella and Carlisle's favorites, I was hoping she still liked them.

I was particularly excited for Bella to be joining us for dinner. She and Emmett used to be permanent fixtures around this house, as well as Renee and Charlie. We would go on family vacations together, and the kids were always running back and forth between the houses, and the yards, and the pools.

Bella was like the daughter I had always wanted, and for the longest time I was sure that she and Edward would be the cliché boy/girl love story of marrying the girl next door. But then, they grew up, and everything changed, losing Bella changed us all in a way.

Family dinners were quieter. Carlisle never had someone's knee to put band-aids on anymore. There were never muddy footprints around the house anymore. And Edward himself changed, he became quieter, and more introverted, and when we brought up Bella, his entire demeanor changed. He never would tell us why they stopped talking.

As I made dinner I let my mind go over the past, and how Bella had changed as well.

Emmett stayed close with Carlisle, he was over here often for their surfing and bonding time. He would often stay for dinner as well. But Bella, she had changed completely, she had gone from a sweet little tomboy, who helped Edward dig up critters in the backyard, to a beautiful young lady, who was missing a lot of guidance. But, who could blame the poor thing? Her father, who she had looked up to her entire life, it was always "my daddy says this, and my daddy says that", had just taken off, and left her. And then her mother, who she had never exactly seen eye to eye with, had pretty much abandoned them as well. Sure Renee didn't move out like Charlie had but she had checked out being a mother to Bella long ago.

Carlisle and I had tried to be there for both Bella and Emmett when their family first fell apart, and Emmett had welcomed us both with open arms, but Bella, she just pushed away anyone with any authority, and her life was in somewhat of a downward spiral. I was hoping that her and Jasper could help each other out of their dark places. I would be dishonest if I said that I wasn't a little worried that they were going to pull each other even farther in. But they had Edward, and I knew he wouldn't let that happen, to either of them.

"Mmm." Carlisle's sweet voice broke me from my thoughts. "Is that what I think it is?" he asked, smiling widely as he wrapped his arms around me from behind, resting his chin on my shoulder.

"Your favorite, spinach ravioli sweetie." I told him as I placed them in the oven.

"Did you use organic spinach? I know the last crop at the Farmer's Market looked good." Carlisle asked.

"No sweetie, I made it following my old recipe. I wanted it to be perfect tonight." I admitted shyly.

"Oh, but you haven't made it that way in years, what is the occasion?" he asked, kissing my neck, and after all the years of us being married, the simple gesture still sent chills through my body.

"The boys' girlfriends are coming for dinner." I told him smiling, leaning back into the warmth of his body.

"The boys have girlfriends? Jasper? Already?" Carlisle asked, quirking his eyebrow.

"Well. They haven't told me exactly, but Edward has never asked any girl over for dinner in years!" I said, probably with more excitement than necessary, but I was glad Edward was breaking out of his shell, and I was glad Jasper was fitting in so well, despite his black eye.

"Oh dear," Carlisle chucked, which was still my favorite sound, aside from Edward's laughter of course. "you better wait until the boys actually tell you that these girls are their girlfriends before you embarrass them and say something like that."

"But I'm the mom, I'm supposed to embarrass them." I teased.

"Who are these girls?" Carlisle asked stepping away from me, so I could continue making dinner.

"Bella Swan, and her friend, Alice." I answered, missing the body contact with my husband.

"Little Bella?" He asked, smirking. "The same Bella Swan who used to sneak into my office, and tell me that if we worked together and begged you for your spinach ravioli for dinner that there was no way you could turn us both down?"

"Yes, Bella Swan, but she is not so little anymore." I giggled at the memory.

"Oh, I see why you're making this now, of course it's not just for me." he teased.

"Hey, be nice." I rolled my eyes at him, "or you won't get dessert later." I sent him a coy smile.

"Oh yeah, and what's dessert?" he asked, raising his eyebrow.

"Me." I told him, he crossed the kitchen in two steps as he wrapped his arms around me and kissed me.

"Oh god, my mom and dad are making out in the kitchen. That cannot be sanitary in front of the food." I heard and pulled away from Carlisle, I turned to see Edward, Bella, Jasper, and a tiny girl, who I recognized as Alice, standing in the doorway that led out to the pool house, watching us with different expressions. Edward looked disgusted, and horrified all at once. Jasper looked like he was trying to decide if he should be disgusted or not, Bella looked pained, and Alice looked amused.

"Hey ladies!" Carlisle said, stepping away from me as he walked over to the kids. "Bella! We didn't even have to make a plan underneath my office desk this time." he chuckled, reminding her of his fondest memory of her.

"Is it almost ready?" Edward asked, as he walked over to me, looking at the stove.

"Yes, now if you and Jasper could set the table for me, by the time you boys are done with that, dinner should be finished." I smiled, kissing his head, biting back a laugh as he rolled his eyes at me.


Edwards POV

God, my mom had cooked real food! Not organic healthy tofu filled whole wheat pasta crap. Real authentic made from scratch spinach ravioli. I knew she did it because Bella was joining us for dinner for the first time in years. It made me want to hug Bella and beg her to have dinner with us every night if we got normal home cooked food.

But, my parents were embarrassing my ass to hell with all the inappropriate touching as they passed the bread sticks and stupid bedroom eyes they kept giving each other. I was getting pissed.

"This is more delicious then I remember Esme, thank you." Bella said in between bites.

"I agree Esme, this is wonderful!" Alice added.

"Thank you girls, I love cooking, and the more the merrier." my mom replied with a warm smile.

"So, what do you kids have planned after dinner tonight? It's summer, so no need to make an early night of it or anything." My dad asked as he gave mom those damn eyes again.

"I was thinking about going to see that new movie 'Love Spelled Backwards is Love' if you guys are interested." Alice suggested.

"Oh, that does look like a good movie, I'm in. Just let me text Emmett and let him know, so he doesn't freak out on me again." Bella added as she pulled out her phone.

"That sounds lovely dears. I'm sure the boys would gladly escort you. You can even take my car if you want to drive Jasper. How does that sound?" My mom asked, while giving Jasper and I 'the look.' I wasn't sure if Jasper was well versed in Esme's looks yet but it said 'agree or else'.

Et tu, Mommy? First my dad, and his oh so subtle hint to get the hell out of the house for a few hours after dinner, I swear I wouldn't have been shocked if halfway through dinner he started packing our plates up in Tupperware and sending us on our way. I don't think mom would have normally allowed it, but tonight I have a feeling she would have made an exception. These oh so loving parents of mine were forcing Jasper and I out of the house to see some god forsaken chick flick with a title that sounded ridiculous and made up. Then mom all but threw us the keys to her Range Rover and tells us to get the hell out and hints to 'not come knockin if the house is a rockin'. Ewww, parents are gross.

"Sure, we'd be glad to go see any movie with you ladies tonight." Jasper said, giving me a look I took to know he understood what was going down and we had to get the hell out of here soon.

"Yeah a movie sounds great. It's summer, so no need to hang around the house all the time." I chimed in nervously.

I am not a very religious man but I crossed myself and said a silent prayer. Dear sweet baby Jesus, it's me Edward. I know we don't talk a lot and I only go to church when Mom makes me, but I need your help here buddy. Please don't let my parents embarrass me in front of my friends by um….fornicating on the dining room table. You rock and amen.

I knew calling in a deity was a big favor just to stop my parents from having sex in front of everyone, but I was desperate. I was ready to pray to the Easter Bunny or the fat man who pretended to be Santa at the mall. Anyone but Cupid, it was all that stupid baby angels fault, the bastard.

The rest of dinner was finished quickly and quietly, thankfully my prayer seemed to have helped. The parental units did turn down the flirting and I only saw the bedroom eyes a few more times.

"Would you like some help clearing the table and with the dishes Esme?" Alice asked. No doubt she was trying to earn some points and make a good impression on my mom, but it was still a very sweet gesture.

"Thank you for the offer dear, but no, you kids go and have fun at the movie." Mom replied getting up and handing Jasper keys and some cash, while giving dad a look that I wish I didn't have to witness.

"Yeah, let's go ahead and leave. We can check movie times from the car and find the best theater." I suggested, wanting to get the hell out that house before I saw something I would never, ever be able to unsee. There are something's that can be bleached from your brain and I was sure what my parents had planned shortly would be one such thing.

We said our goodbyes and made a very hasty retreat from the house. Since we weren't really ready to leave yet, we waited outside in the driveway until we had a plan. My parents didn't give Jasper and I an exact curfew. I knew since it was summer to be home by at least midnight, but I was sure I would win an argument coming in as late as one, if need be.

"I'm glad we got out of there when we did." Alice said fanning herself "I thought the sexual tension from your parents was going to make me start ovulating." We all burst out laughing at how my parents were acting, I was glad no one was too weirded out by it.

"Yeah, Edward, what is up with those two?" Jasper asked clearly a little frazzled from his first encounter with 'romantic' Esme and Carlisle.

"Let's just say while I was happy to have moved out of the house and into the pool house, my parents were even happier." I replied hinting at what I'm sure they all realized.

"I think it is sweet your parents still have sex." Bella said.

"Yeah it is cute, Edward." Alice added.

"Sex between my parents is neither sweet nor cute." I replied, shuddering, trying to shake the nasty thoughts from my mind.

"Go Esme! Let your freak flag fly girl!" Bella cheered, laughing, and then it dawned on me what exactly I had said.

"I can totally see why Rose calls your dad Dr. McHottie now." Alice admitted. I was about to comment about how wrong that was, but Jasper was quick to jump in.

"So are we all riding together?" He asked, quickly changing the subject from learning any other possible disturbing nicknames, looking at the Range Rover. We did have three cars and only four teenagers. I was hoping to get to ride with Alice but I didn't want to presume the girls wouldn't ride together.

"How about I ride with Jasper in the Rover, and you and Alice and take your car Edward?" Bella suggested and I wanted to thank her for voicing what I wanted to, so I gave her a little nod and she smiled.

"Sounds like a good plan." Alice said and I suddenly felt a little less nervous, but only a little.



"I can't believe Esme let you take the Rover." I told Jasper once we had gotten settled in the car. I was itching for a cigarette, that turbo charged hormone dinner was a little too much to handle. I knew Esme would kill Jasper and I if her car smelled like smoke so I decided not to. Although it was still really sweet, and awesome that Esme and Carlisle had passion and love in their relationship, it reminded me of the all the things I didn't have at home. Seeing two parents who loved their kids as well as each other was great, but it made me wish I had just one who did that.

"I think she just wanted to get us out of there so her and Carlisle could be alone." Jasper admitted, visibly shuddering, making me laugh. "It's not funny!" he insisted.

"It's a little funny." I told him, still laughing, and even harder when he shot me a dirty look. "oh, baby." I teased, sticking my tongue out at him.

"Yeah, yeah." he rolled his eyes playfully at me.

"So, do you guys have a curfew?" I asked, biting my bottom lip, suddenly a little bit nervous.

"I don't think so, as long as it's not too late, or at least as long as we don't get caught coming in too late." He winked, his tattoo's peeking through his rolled up sleeves. He was very sexy, just his attitude, and style. It made me want to lick him.

Yes, lick him.

"Well, uh, after the movie, do you want to come with me somewhere?" I asked, playing with the ends of my hair.

"What exactly did you have in mind?" he asked, looking over at me as he stopped at a red light, curiosity etched across his face.

"Well," I shrugged, "I wanted to take you to my favorite place in Newport, it's where I go to be away from all the bullshit this town has." I told him, "I thought we could hang out for a little while, just me and you..." I trailed off. I didn't want to seem presumptuous, but I was tired of someone always being around when I was with Jasper.

"You aren't going to rape and murder me or something, are you?" he asked, mock horror on his face.

"You couldn't get that lucky on the rape part. Besides if I was planning on murdering you I would have drove." I winked, pushing his shoulder playfully.

"Why Bella Swan, do you think I'm easy?" he teased, a devious smirk appearing.

"Fine, I'll just ask Cullen then." I crossed my arms over my chest and looked out the window, faking being mad.

"So you think my cousin is easier than me?" He asked, "Wait until I tell him!"

"Jasper!" I whined, giggling.

"I'm kiddin, I think I'll take my chances." he chuckled, and I looked back at him and laughed as well. We made small talk until we got to the theater, strangely arriving before Alice and Edward, so we were able to each smoke a cigarette, of course getting dirty looks from both of them when they arrived, since neither of them smoked, and clearly neither of them liked it as well.

As we walked into the theater, it seemed as though everyone had the same idea about going to the movies, it was packed, I recognized a lot of people from school, and smiled and waved when needed, kind of like autopilot, like I did at events, or school. I never tried to be rude to anyone, unless they deserved it, but none of these people were really my friends, in this town, it was all about how much money you have, and what you can do for people. Those weren't the kind of friends I needed, or wanted.

Once we bought our tickets, and were waiting in line for popcorn, I noticed Mike Newton walking out from one of the theaters, holding his stomach, and his face was a little green. "Mike?" I asked, holding back laughter, "Are you all right?" He looked up at me, and smiled, he had always been a good buddy, despite the crush he had on me, we ended up dating for like, a week in middle school, yeah, we weren't right for each other, even my twelve year old self could tell you that one.

"Don't go see Facepunch." he said, and before I could ask why, his eyes bulged out of his head, he slapped his hand over his mouth and he ran towards the direction of the bathrooms.

"Wow, I'm glad I'm not his date." Alice laughed, as the attendant gave her, her Gummi Bears. She always got those, always. That's all that girl needed, was more sugar.

"Dude, we should have seen Facepunch." Edward sighed, looking sad, as he paid for his nachos and icee. They waited as me and Jasper got our snacks. We ordered large popcorn to share, and I got a diet Dr. Pepper. Jasper got a root beer and insisted on paying for the snacks. He claimed it was on Esme so I let it slide.

"Yeah, no." Alice told him, rolling her eyes as we made our way to the theater.

"I like the back." I said out loud.

"No! The front! Come on Bells!" Alice whined.

"How the hell can you like the front?" Jasper asked, "You are basically looking directly up, and then after two hours of doing that, your neck is killing you." he shook his head. "I'm with her, in the back." he gestured to me with his head, since his hands were full.

Alice looked like she was going to burst into tears, "It's okay, I'll sit in the front with you, Alice." Edward said, saving the day, and if I wasn't too busy doing and internal happy dance that I didn't have to endure Alice's constant questions during the movie, I would have kissed him.

"All right guys, see you in a few." I told them smiling, as we broke off and went our separate ways.



The movie turned out to be pretty good, it was your typical love story. The two main characters have a crazy amount of issues and drama to overcome before they can be happy together. But in the end it worked out, like usual. What I thought was really great was that Edward sat in the front with me! Not many people ever did that, and he didn't even get annoyed when I asked him about a million questions. He was always so sweet.

"Did you like it?" I asked him as the ending credits rolled, and we stood up, I smirked when I saw him roll his neck back and forth as we walked to meet Bella and Jasper.

"It was alright." he shrugged, and smiled at me.

"How was the front?" Jasper asked, chuckling as he threw the remainder of the popcorn at Bella who rebutted by throwing her empty soda cup back at him. I swear sometimes you can't take you're your friends anywhere without them acting like kindergarteners, these two were no exception. I can hear my mom now "When a boy is mean to you that means he likes you." Which I always thought was crap, when a boy was mean to you it mean he was a douche bag.

"It was great." I told him, sticking out my tongue.

"So what is the plan now?" Edward asked as we made our way back out into the lobby.

"Actually," Bella began, smiling at us, "Jasper and I kind of have plans." I smiled at that, I was glad they made plans, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't glad me and Edward would be alone, I mean, if he wanted to continue to hang out with me.

"All right then, we'll see you guys later, maybe?" Edward said.

"Have fun!" Jasper said, waving as we made our way to our separate cars.

"Do you want me to take you home?" Edward asked, and my heart fell a little bit, "or do you want to hang out for a little while longer?" I smiled at that, my heart back to normal.

"Let's hang out, I don't want to go home just yet." I told him as we made our way to his car. He opened the door for me, which was very sweet of him, not many guys do that these days.

"So, what should we do, then?" he asked once he climbed into the driver's seat.

"Actually, do you want to go to the pier?" I asked him.

"The pier, really?" he smiled, his eyes lighting up.

"Do you want to go somewhere else?" I asked, a little confused as he started the car and began driving.

"No! I love the pier, I just wasn't sure if you did." he told me, and when I didn't respond he continued, "I know this is going to sound weird, but you're an actress." he stated dumbly. Duh?

"Uh, I'm not sure what you mean." I told him, curious to see where this was going.

"Ugh, I sound like an idiot." he sighed, shaking his head. "It's just, I thought most celebrities, hell even most girls around here don't like low key things like taking a walk on the pier and stuff, so I wasn't sure what you were going to want to do. I'm glad though." he smiled at me, and I couldn't help but laugh, he was so innocent sometimes.

"Edward, me being an actress means nothing, I'm like the girl next door." I told him, and he looked at me with wide eyes, and I laughed, "Well not like your girl next door, she's way above your average." we laughed at my reference to Bella.

The ride to the pier was nice, we talked about summer, and the fourth of July festivities that were coming up, and it was comfortable, and nice, it was nice to be able to have easy conversation with someone.

"I love it here at night." I told him as we began to walk along, smiling at the few people who had the same idea as we had, "Bella and I used to come here a lot."

"I remember." he smiled down at me, as he took my hand into his, and I smiled up at him. It was a cute gesture, it was a cute walk.

We walked until we were in front of one of those game booths, with the stuffed animals. "Why'd we stop?" I asked him curiously, as he took his hand from mine and dug threw his pockets.

"I'm going to win you something." he told me, winking as we walked up to the booth, there was basketball hoop placed on a wooden backboard, and Edward paid for three tries. "Bare with me," he told me, chuckling, "Baseball is my sport, not basketball."

He wasn't kidding. After about twelve tries, and a ridiculous amount of money, he finally won me a Tinkerbell stuffed animal, almost as big as me, it was really sweet. No one had ever won anything for me. When he finally won, I definitely squealed like a five year old, but he laughed, so it was okay because Edward didn't seem to mind.

"Let's go on the Ferris wheel!" I exclaimed as we walked up to it. Since it never snowed in Newport, the wheel ran all year long, it was especially nice at night because you could see all the lights in Newport, as well as the ocean, and in the distance you could see Catalina Island.

We carefully stepped on, and I was able to squeeze Tinkerbell beside me, which worked out in my favor because I was able to sit closer to Edward. As we rode to the top, Edward looked around like he was taking it in for the first time.

"You've ridden the Ferris wheel before this, right?" I asked him, curious. He looked at me and smirked, his eyes glossed over, like he was a thousand miles away.

"Alice, the last time I was on this, I think I was like, 11 or 12." he laughed, shaking his head. "I had my first kiss up here, actually." he admitted.

"That's really sweet!" I giggled, "Middle school Edward was a smooth operator, wasn't he?" I teased. He laughed at me, as we both took in the scenery, it really was beautiful, and I couldn't believe he hadn't been up here in years.

"Oh, of course I have always been regular Casanova. Can't you tell by the way I have to beat the girls off with a stick?" he chuckled, and took my hand again, as we fell into the comfortable silence.

Once the ride was over, we walked back to the car still holding hands, until he dropped my hand to open my door for me and store my Tinkerbell in the backseat. Edward was thoughtful enough to even buckle her in, when I giggled at his silliness he assured me it was for safety reasons.

Conversation flowed easily between us all the way back to his house. I admit I was a little sad when he opened my car door for me to drive home.

"So Alice, I was wondering, would you allow me to be your date to the 4th of July thing coming up at the Beach Club?" Edward asked quickly, I could tell he was nervous.

"I would love that Edward, thank you." I replied.

"No, thank you." Edward said and leaned down and gave me a gentle peck on the cheek "Good night Alice" he added before shutting my door.

I might have squealed like a five year old girl again, but I did wait until I had backed out of the driveway and was heading home. I can control myself, sometimes.


Jaspers POV

"I'm having second thoughts that you're not leading me out in the middle of nowhere to either take advantage of me or kill me." I said to break the comfortable lull in our conversation.

"You couldn't get that lucky on either count Jasper." Bella replied as she hit me again. For a girl she hit kind of hard.

"You keep saying that, yet you have me driving way out into the middle of nowhere, where no one can hear me scream." I shot back.

"Shut up and park here." Bella said sternly, making sure to give a dramatic eye roll.

"Yea ma'am!" I said with a laugh.

We got out of the Rover and I realized we were at the end of the water but not at a beach. We were much higher up along a rocky cliff face. I had to admit it was quiet and very beautiful out here, especially at night. I could see the appeal of the solitude and scenery this oasis offered.

"It is really nice here." I said as I looked out in front of us, the ocean seemed to go on forever, but off towards the side you could see the lights from the peir, and from the town, the Ferris wheel looked pretty amazing from our spot,

"Thanks, this is where I come to get away from, life, I guess. When school, home, or just everything becomes too much I usually take Em's Jeep and come up here. I can scream or throw things and no one cares. But I can also just sit and stare out into the ocean. I don't know why but the sound of the waves crashing into the rocks below seems soothing" Bella explain while climbing up to sit on the hood of the Rover.

"I can understand that." I admitted, joining her on the hood.

We sat comfortably, just staring at the stars when I felt Bella reach over and took my hand in hers. It was a simple gesture but at that moment I felt like she was letting me in.

"The Ferris wheel looks awesome from here." I told her, figuring if I didn't put any pressure on her, she would open up on her own.

"I know, I love the Ferris wheel." She said softly, "I had my first kiss up there."

"Oh ya?" I chuckled, "How is a guy supposed to top that?" I joked, but when she didn't laugh I turned to look at her and she was biting her bottom lip, looking really cute. I reached over to push some of the hair that had blown loose back behind her ear, from the ocean breeze. Bella's eyes shot up and looked into mine like she was searching for something as soon as our skin made contact. I don't know what it was, or if she found it, because the next moment her lips were attached to mine and, well, I was distracted from my previous train of thought.

The devious contrast between her soft lips and the fierce pressure she was using was wonderful. I let go of her hand and reached around and gently placed it behind her head. This caused Bella to open her mouth and slide her tongue along my bottom lip. I opened my mouth and gladly intertwined our tongues. Each was battling the other for dominance and control. Bella reached her arms around my neck, pulling me closer to her.

We continued kissing and deepened the kiss for some time, it could have been hours or minutes, I wasn't really sure at that point. Our tongues kept exploring each other's mouth's while our hands started exploring each other's bodies. I might have accidentally grabbed her boob, and then once I realized that she had her nipple pierced, which I heard hurt like a bitch, made me realize how bad ass she really was, and that was totally hot, so of course I did it a few more times not so accidentally before we finally broke the kiss. I had to verify the information you know for fact checking purposes.

"Whoa." I said after a moment, yes, I'm smooth, very smooth, like Joey Lawrence back on Blossom.

"I agree." Bella breathed, fixing her hair, and smoothing out her shirt.

"So, you did plan to take me up here to take my virtue." I teased.

"Yeah, I mean you seem so virtuous, I had to corrupt you a little." Bella replied with a laugh.

"Come on, we need to get back. I so don't want your brother coming out here and finding us." I said as I helped her down off the hood.

"Sure." was all she replied and got back in the passenger seat. Damn I think she's pissed.

"Bella that was amazing, thank you." I said trying to get back in her good graces as I got into the car and started heading back towards home.

"Yeah." she replied as she crossed her arms over her chest.

Yep, she is definitely pissed.

"What's wrong?" I asked, confused, things were just good, better than good, and now she was giving me the cold shoulder.

She shrugged, not looking at me, letting her hair fall into a curtain between us, "Bella, hey, talk to me babe." I reached out and brushed her hair back behind her ear again.

"Do you not want me?" she asked, bluntly, her face looked as if she just had been rejected. I pulled the car over to the side of the road and put in park so I could talk to her.

"Bella, come on, what made you think that, especially after what just happened up there?" I asked, confused.

"Well, usually guys don't just stop something like that." she pouted, and I didn't know whether I should laugh at her ridiculousness, or feel bad because she obviously dated shitty guys.

"Come here." I told her, pulling her over to me, which surprisingly she came easily, leaning her head on my shoulder. "Of course I want you, but, I'm not just going to take you on the hood of my aunt's car, and I mean, we haven't even gone on a real date or anything yet." I explained. She seemed to have softened up a little after hearing my explanation.

"A date?" she asked, furrowing her brow, looking adorable. I chuckled, it was now or never.

"I was wondering if you would like to go to the 4th of July thing with me?" I asked her, playing with her hair, waiting for her response.

"I don't know." she trailed off, trying to hide a smile.

"Oh, come on, don't make me beg." I laughed, pushing her playfully back to her seat.

"We wouldn't want that now, would we?" she shot back, and giggled, "Of course I'll go with you." and with that, it seemed that all was forgiven, I was glad that we could talk about any issues instead of her just being mad at me for months and me having no clue. I started the car, and pulled back onto the road.

"Awesome, well let's head back home. I'm sure it is getting close to curfew." I said and grabbed her hand and she gave mine a squeeze and we fell back into our comfortable silence the rest of the ride home.