Age Before Beauty
Bella is eighteen years old and she is crushing on Edward, Alice's older brother. Edward's twenty-five and he's always noticed Bella Swan. Edward's the new doctor at the hospital, thanks to his father working there, and that only makes Bella become even more attracted to Alice's brother. Bella's kind of skittish about dating since she had a horrible breakup a year ago when she caught her ex in bed with another girl. Can Edward be the man that gives her life full of happiness and joy?
8. Everything happens for a reason, doesn't it?
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"Edward – "
"Bella, I know for a fact that you haven't talked about what he did to you," I began as I grasped both of her hands into mine and I lifted my gaze to look at her face. "Alice is my sister, but it's probably hard to talk her. Why not talk to someone that knows what you are going through?"
"What are you saying?"
"I… Well, you are not the only one, Bella. My last girlfriend cheated on me and… well, it wasn't with a guy."
My eyes went wide when I heard those words leave his lips. It wasn't with a guy? Oh my… How could any girl be with Edward and then cheat on him with a girl? That's what he was saying, right? No way. As I looked back at Edward, who was trying not to laugh, a laugh left his lips.
"I found it amusing too, but I wasn't that happy when I saw her with a girl in bed," he told me as he shook his head in disgust. "I thought that Tanya liked me, but I wasn't so sure at that time. I later found out that she was on both teams. She was into guys and… um, girls."
I had to contain my laughter as I looked over at him when I let a laugh slip from my lips. "Edward, I am really sorry. I don't mean to laugh. It's just – the situation is –"
"Yeah, yeah, it's so hilarious," Edward said with a roll of his eyes, smiling over at him. "Emmett couldn't stop teasing me about it. I know it's supposed to be a guy's fantasy to have their girl do that… but I am not like that. I'm selfish. I would prefer to have my girl interested in me and only me."
I nodded my head as I knew how he felt. "That's totally understandable, Edward. When I caught Jake in bed with Leah, my whole world shattered. I never ever considered myself to be beautiful, especially to the fact that I caught him fucking that bitch, I felt even less attractive. Alice tells me that he's not even worth it and that he'll get what's coming to him."
"She's right, Bella. One of these days, he will get whatever he gets for breaking your heart," he told me as he grabbed my hand in his. "If you ever need anyone to talk to about the Jacob situation, I'll be there for you…"
I gave him a smile and I nodded my head when I looked over at him, enjoying how sweet he was being towards me. "Okay. I would like that, Edward."
"Did you want to talk about it?" he asked me, looking hesitant as he looked away to the waves crashing against each other, and he sighed. "I mean, if you don't want to-"
"No, I can. I mean, talking about it is better than keeping it up inside, right?"
"Yeah, that is what people say," he said to me as he let his hands drop down to his sides and he looked over at me. "I just want you to know that I would never pressure you into anything."
I sighed heavenly at his kind words and I bit my lip. "Well, to make the story short, I basically found him in bed with his best friend's ex girlfriend, Leah, having sex. I know we had a fight earlier that day but damn… it hurts, you know?"
The fact that she had walked in on her ex-boyfriend having sex with a girl, it infuriated me, and I wish I had been there for her. Maybe if I was there for her earlier, she wouldn't be how she was right now. Closed off. Scared. Shy. Although, I did love the whole fact that she was shy because she was adorable when she would let those cheeks get all pink. I wanted to bring her out to see her smiling all the time. I know everyone, especially Alice and her father would love that.
"Well, Jacob sounds like a complete ass," I said with a shake of my head as I walked off the beach onto the boardwalk where I looked at her. "You deserve to be treated well… like a prized gem, you know?"
Bella laughed softly as she looked over at me with those pink cheeks of hers. "Why do you say a prized gem, Edward? I mean, I don't understand it."
We stopped walking when I moved to stand in front of her and I could see the pain inside of her eyes. Oh boy, this definitely was not going to be easy by a long shot, but I would do anything to help her out. I have loved her since I was twenty-one. That had been my epiphany when I instantly knew that she was the girl I would end up with.
When Alice had told me what Bella was going through, I had been so ecstatic. Well, I wasn't ecstatic of how her heart got broken, but I was literally glowing that she was single.
I would give her all the space in the world. She deserved that much at least.
"Well, it's just because you are, Bella. I will make you see how much you mean to me… or, um, how much you could mean to any guy," I whispered with a shy smile, not wanting to be too obvious of how I really felt for her. "I know that you will believe in love."
"You have such confidence, Edward. I wish I had that," she mumbled quietly as she looked over at me and then looked down at the ground when I led her back to the beach. "He broke me, Edward. For the longest time, Jacob wanted us to have sex, but he only wanted to because everyone else was. I'm not the type to just do something just because everyone else is. God… I caught her rockin' his world. At that moment, I knew we weren't destined to be together."
'Rockin' his world'? That probably meant that Bella walked in on that girl on top of Jacob, pleasuring him in the most sexual way. I then watched her continue, noticing the tears fall, but she quickly wiped them away with the back of her hand.
"He's a fucking asshole, Edward. Everything had been perfect. It was our seven month anniversary too," she pouted, watching her bottom lip stick out, and she sighed, plopping down in the sand where I joined her, right beside her. "We had dinner and even went to this little joint nearby. His dad and my dad were fishing and we went back to his place. We were just going to watch a movie. You know… do what couples do. And then…"
"He brought up sex," I determined as I watched her nod her head.
"I mean, he wanted us to have sex since his friend, Embry, was always with a different girl," she sighed as she pulled her knees to her chest, looking up into the sky. "When I said no, I walked out for a little walk. Not even an hour later, I saw him with her. He even tried to say she mounted him. Ha, fuck him."
I placed my hand on her knee, giving it a squeeze, and she looked at me.
"Don't be sorry. From what everyone's told me, you haven't let yourself feel what he did to you, Bella, and I think it's about time. Don't you agree?"
As she nodded her head, she slid her hand over mine that was over her knee. It felt so right, and yet, so good all at the same time.
"So, it's still a little early, and I know you've got to be tired. How about we sleep for a few hours and I take you to a few places tonight? I'm going to make you have a stress free vacation."
Bella's eyes lit up as she looked at me. "No Alice?" she teased.
"Ha, right. We both know she's going to drag you shopping," I said with a laugh as I helped her up to her feet where we headed back to the beach house.
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