After Bella's eighteenth birthday party when Jasper tried to attack her, the Cullen family left her at her most weakest. Soon after they left, Bella found out that she was pregnant with Edward's child, and the only people that she could trust was Angela Webber and Ben Cheney. It's been about ten years. What happens when the Cullen family returns to Washington, finding out that?
10. You leave me absolutely breathless.
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"But… but Bella," Landon sighed and he looked down at the ground. "I… I really like her and…and… and –"
I placed a finger against his lips to stop the sudden outburst he was about to let go. "Calm down, Landon. You didn't let me finish."
"Oh… I'm sorry."
I shook my head and looked at him. "Go talk to Alice, Landon. She's really good. I think she might be able to give you some pointers."
Landon didn't waste any time and I laughed. "He's got it bad and he doesn't even know it."
I was watching Bella when, all of a sudden, Landon Cheney came up to me, and I was instantly confused. I just didn't understand why my niece's friend was approaching me. Was he about to give me a piece of his mind or something? All those thoughts wiped out of my head when I saw his sad, frustrated face, his eyes filling up with tears. Yeah, okay, something was up.
"Hey, you all right, Landon?" I asked, beginning to get concerned when I saw the anxious look in his eyes, along with the wet tears.
"Bella told me to come over to you. I'm having… girl troubles," he frowned as he looked down at the ground and he crossed his arms over his chest. "I like –"
"Renesmee," I stated, and he looked up at me in surprise.
The poor kid had it bad for my niece and I couldn't help but get excited. He wanted my help! I was so thrilled about this, except for the fact that Bella still wasn't talking to me. If she was, maybe she would have asked me herself to help hook Landon up with her special daughter. Well, at least I knew Bella had sent Landon to me for help, so that had to mean something, right? Maybe this would bring Bella and me back together in friendship. I would just have to wait and see. But for now, I had to help Landon get Renesmee.
"H-How did you know?" he squeaked and I saw his face was all flustered.
I looked over by the pool where Renesmee was sitting next to her father then turned my attention back to Landon. I didn't have a chance to reply before Jasper stepped next to me and spoke.
"Because, Landon… Alice here knows all. Nothing gets past her," Jasper said with a grin in my direction as he placed a kiss on my forehead. "What's going on here?"
"Landon here likes Renesmee and I'm thinking of the perfect way for him to ask her out. He's a lot like you…"
"Like me – how? I don't like any girl but you, Alice. What are you even getting at?" Jasper queried with a raised eyebrow in my direction while I just laughed.
"No… when I first met you, he's a lot like you from back then. You know, shy," I told him with a shake of my head and I turned to Landon. "What do you think about asking her out at the birthday party, Landon?"
"What if she's not interested in me that way? I don't want to ruin her special day, Alice," Landon said to me with a sigh leaving his lips.
"It's your special day as well, Landon. You're going to have to man up if you want this to happen. Now, this is what you're going to do." I pulled Landon in closer to me to plan, while Jasper gave my hand a small squeeze. I had to admit that I was so grateful to be able to use some of my magic for Landon Cheney.
While I was talking to my father, getting to know him, I kept sneaking glances over at Landon, catching him looking at me, too. I just couldn't help but feel giddy and I felt my heart flutter against my chest. He was the only boy to ever make me feel this way. I had already confided in my father how I really felt about Landon Cheney, especially since he had caught me too many times today staring at my best friend.
"Nessie, you're doing it again."
I blushed as I heard my father's words and I frowned. "Sorry, Daddy, I can't seem to help it."
I had tried calling him Edward but that was just weird since he was my father. Calling him Daddy or Father seemed so right the more I thought about it. My father hadn't really hurt me and he didn't intentionally try to hurt my mother. Now all he was trying to do was protect me. He had told me about the love triangle that had happened between him, my mom, and Jacob, and I was shocked. My mother had made it sound like Jacob wasn't that important, but it seems he really was.
"Daddy, what happened to Jacob?"
"Oh, he's fine now, sweetheart. Sure, Jacob and the other wolves may not like me, but that's because he thought I was a threat since I hurt your mother pretty badly," he explained and I nodded my head.
"Now, enough about Jacob… I'm not a gossiper or anything, but are you ever going to ask out Landon?"
I had to laugh at myself because I sounded like Alice. It was something that she would say, which made me shake my head. I was hanging around my sister way too much but it was not my damn fault. To begin with, that short, little pixie was everywhere you looked, and she loved to know about everybody's business.
"Dad," Renesmee whined as she shook her head and she pouted again. "I can't do it. He probably doesn't like me like that. For all I know, he probably likes someone at school."
"Are you serious?" I asked her with a skeptical eyebrow as I glanced at her with a smile.
"Renesmee, have you seen the way that kid looks at you?"
"Are you two having a father-daughter heart-to-heart?"
I looked up to see Angela and Ben after I heard Angela's beautiful, melodic voice. I hadn't seen the two of them since that first day at school. They had been gone, probably hunting, remembering what Rosalie had told us from her conversation with Bella. I had always liked Angela, especially since she had always been a good friend to Bella. I didn't want Angela to hate me but she was Bella's best friend and definitely had her best interests at heart.
I didn't even have a chance to prepare myself for the coming conversation when Ben slid down on the edge of the pool next to me and Angela slid in the spot in between my daughter and me. Oh shit, was this the third degree or something? They had been with Bella the whole time I was away, so I really was not sure how they felt about me or us being here. This was really awkward because I had always liked Angela and Ben. They seemed like good people. I didn't want this to turn into an argument.
"Edward, it's good to see you again," Ben said quietly as he looked first at Renesmee and then back at me. "But… what are you doing?"
I raised my eyebrow at him. What was he even talking about?
"Edward, you haven't done anything, but you should," Angela interrupted as she grabbed my hand and she smiled over at me before her face became serious. "I have always liked you for Bella and my choice hasn't changed. Yes, you majorly screwed up, Edward. Big time – but that's not the point. You stare at her like you're some lost puppy. When the hell are you going to man up and try to win her back?"
I had to admit that I was very surprised by her words, and I certainly wasn't expecting Ben's chuckle.
"Sorry, man," Ben said with a smirk, patting me on the shoulder as I ran a hand through my hair. "You know how Angela gets when she sets her mind on something, but she's right. You can't just sit here. Bella isn't going to be single forever. She's even more beautiful now than she was when she was human."
"I know," I muttered under my breath. "But she's made it clear that she doesn't want either Alice or me talking to her, you guys. All I've been trying to do is to respect her wishes."
"Damn it, she's so stubborn," Angela groaned as she shook her head while looking at me. "She's scared, Edward, and so are you. It's no wonder - the two of you are SO perfect for one another, that's got to be somewhat overwhelming."
I heard my daughter snicker. When I looked at her, she stood up and patted me on the shoulder. "I think I'm hungry," she laughed, excusing herself, and sauntered off to join Landon at the grill.
"What do you expect me to do, Angela?"
"I don't know and I really don't care. But you have to do something. Maybe you should talk to Alice about this. After all, she's helping Landon get the courage to ask out Renesmee."
"W-Wait, what did you just say?"
Ben and Angela just shook their heads at me in disgust, then got up and walked away. Everything was happening so fast, leaving me stunned. Angela was right about this, though, right? I couldn't just sit around and let the ball drop just because I wasn't sure of what to do. What if Bella started to date? Oh no, that was something that I didn't want to happen. I wanted Bella and me to have that happy ever after just like I had wanted so long ago before I had left her, alone and pregnant. Bella and I really needed to talk.
I watched Angela and Ben leave Edward's side after Nessie went to go join Landon to get some food. I had been thinking more and more about forgiving Edward and Alice, especially now that I was spending time with their family again. I really didn't want this awkwardness messing up my newfound friendship with Rosalie, either. I was just finding out how sweet and kind she really was. Since they came back into my life, she had been there whenever I needed her, and I was so very grateful for that. Besides, a lot of times when Rosalie came around, Emmett came also, which was an added bonus. I chuckled, remembering how he had made my day when he had insisted on arm wrestling with me.
A little laugh left my lips when I thought about how I beat him, the table beneath us shattering into a tiny, million pieces. He had claimed it was an unfair duel, stating the table had been weak and couldn't handle his strength. He felt I'd cheated by picking a damaged fight arena. Of course he'd never acknowledge that I won because I was way stronger than Emmett Cullen.
"Come on, Bella, you cheated again!" Emmett cried out, rubbing his elbow, and he looked over to see Rosalie smiling and shaking her head. "Didn't she cheat?"
Rosalie rolled her eyes. "No… she's a newborn, Emmett. I don't know what you expected. Bella's stronger than you. I mean, hell, she still has red eyes. Doesn't that tell you something?"
"Well, yeah, but it's been ten years, Rose." He frowned as he looked away from her and turned back to me, giving me a baleful scowl. "You cheated, Bella!"
I laughed at him and I shook my head. "We've had three matches of arm wrestling. We are not doing this again, Emmett. We're not breaking any more of my furniture here."
"But Bella –"
I held up my hand and shook my head. "No… now, stop being a sore loser and clean up this damn mess."
I looked over to where Edward was, sighing softly to myself, and I ran a hand through my hair. I had been pushing away the guy I was truly in love with, along with my very best friend. Well, one of my best friends, because – let's face it – Angela was my best friend now, especially after all the help and support she had given me during the bad times. I saw that Angela and Ben were talking to Edward. I rolled my eyes, wishing I knew what they were saying to him. Oh geez, Angela and Ben were acting just like Alice - meddling.
Speaking of Alice, I glanced over to see her talking to Landon. She was going to have Landon ask Nessie out at their birthday party and I prayed that Landon would actually do it. He got so nervous just being around my daughter and I found that to be so adorable.
I looked up to see Carlisle and Esme and I gave the two of them a smile. Even though I had been around the Cullen family again, this had been the first time I was face to face with them. I truly had missed them. When Edward and his family left, I never stopped about thinking about those two.
"Hello, Carlisle, Esme," I said with a light smile as I watched them each take a seat on either side of me.
"Bella, we need to talk to you," Carlisle told me, turning to look at me with a smile.
- All you've got to do is breathe.
- It ends with breathing your name.
- How do you breathe now?
- Every time you breathe, there's treasure.
- You take my undying breath away.
- It's time for all the precious treasures.
- Just take a deep breath right now.
- Let's breathe out the truth now.
- He did come for the treasure.
- You leave me absolutely breathless.
- And you need to have faith in treasure
- It's all about the secretive treasures.
- It's always going to be breathless.
- You're my sweetest treasure, baby.
- And you were always the hidden treasure.
- Breathe my name when you see me.
- So, there's a new treasure comin'.
- And she's what takes your breath away.
- You are filled with such treasure.
- It's just about the breath you take.
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