Crazy Minds & Silly Stupid Love
Heart-warming, yet comical love story between two Forks High School students; Edward & Bella. She doesn't want to let him in, and he just can't keep his inexplicable feelings for her at bay, but an unexpected truth threatens to tear them apart. AH, AU. (Has adult rating because of strong language and sensuality in later chapters.) Preview: "Yes, because I can't see myself being with anyone else, but then with you," He sighed, closing his eyes for a moment. "It's like a movie in my head, and I want it. I want it more than anything else, and I want it with you."
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Continued . . .
"You should sleep." Edward murmured, pulling away.
"I'm not tired." I whispered back, resting my head against his chest.
"We never went on our date yet." Edward murmured suddenly. I looked up at him surprised.
"I know." I said. Edward tilted his head toward me.
"Would you still want to go on a date with me?" He wondered, curiously.
"Of course," I replied quickly. Edward smiled slightly, intertwining our fingers against his chest.
"Tomorrow?" He asked, raising his eyebrows slightly.
"Really?" Edward nodded seriously.
"Okay." I agreed.
"Good," He grinned.
"Now get some sleep." He whispered, pressing a kiss to my hair. I curled closer into his side before closing my eyes.
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"You were still grounded yesterday, Bells." Charlie murmured as he walked into the kitchen. I grimaced.
"I know, and I'm sorry about that." I apologized, biting my lip. Charlie shook his head in disapproval.
"You and Edward seem to be spending a lot of time together." He muttered, sitting across from me at the table.
"Oh, I guess so." I shrugged, not really knowing what to say.
"What about spending time with some of your other friends?" Charlie suggested.
"You mean Jacob?" I muttered sourly. Charlie cocked an eyebrow at me.
"I mean all your friends, Bella." He corrected.
"Edward's leaving next Thursday, so we're spending as much time together as we can." I replied.
"The Cullen's are moving again?" He asked, shocked.
"No. Edward is going to visit his mother in Chicago for a week." I said. Charlie's eyebrows knit together in confusion.
"Edward's adopted." I told him.
"I know he is. I just didn't know his mother still lived in Chicago." Charlie admitted.
"Oh," I sighed. "Am I still grounded?" I wondered.
"I suppose I'll let you off the hook this time, since Edward is leaving in a few days," He said. "Why?" He asked, curiously.
"I have a date with Edward."
"I see, well, I'd like to meet Edward, then." Charlie replied. I rolled my eyes.
"Where is he taking you?" He wondered after a moment.
"He wouldn't tell me—said it was a surprise." I shrugged; I hate surprises. Charlie grimaced at that.
"Don't stay out too late tonight." Charlie warned.
"Okay, Dad." I said rolling my eyes as I hopped off the chair to get ready.
Edward told me to dress casual, so I put on a pair of skinny jeans and a brown button-up, rolling up the sleeves. I glanced at my alarm; it was quarter to eleven, Edward would be here any minute. I hurried downstairs to find Charlie sprawled out on the couch watching another baseball game. I really don't understand what it is with men and sports — I mean really.
Edward pulled into the driveway a few minutes later. I quickly grabbed a sweat jacket before rushing to the front door.
"Slow down, Bells." Charlie muttered from behind me. Oh, I forgot Charlie insisted on meeting Edward before we went on our date.
'Chief Swan." Edward murmured, holding his hand out to Charlie as we reached him. Edward was wearing a grey short sleeved button-up, but left it unbuttoned, exposing a white V-neck T-shirt underneath with a pair of dark blue faded jeans. I noticed his hair was a little more out grown than he usually kept it. Sometimes I wish I knew what he saw when he looked at me. With his looks and his charm he could have anyone he wanted, and I paled by far in comparison to what he could have.
"Edward," Charlie greeted, shaking Edward's hand.
"Call me Charlie." He added. Edward nodded.
"You take care of my girl, Edward." Edward smiled reassuringly.
"She'll be safe with me, sir. You have my word." Edward promised, throwing a wink at me. I rolled my eyes at his antics, trying not to laugh as Charlie nodded approvingly before turning back into the house.
"Smooth, Edward, real smooth." I teased as he opened the passenger door for me. Edward grinned wickedly as he hurried around to the other side of his Volvo.
"So, where are you taking me anyway?" I wondered as Edward put the car in gear.
"It's a surprise." Edward answered, raising his eyebrows at my failed attempt to trick it out of him.
"I'm not good with surprises." I muttered.
"I know." Edward chuckled, trying not to smile as he gently took my hand in his. We sat in a comfortable silence through the long drive to where ever Edward planned on taking me.
"How much further?" I asked for the second time, feeling a little antsy. Edward chuckled, squeezing my hand in his.
"We'll be there in about five minutes, Bella." He said, glancing at me from the corner of his eye. I sighed, turning to look out the window. Edward finally pulled over, removing his key from the ignition.
"Ready?" He grinned, excitedly. I nodded, unbuckling my seat-belt. Edward hurried around to my side to open the door for me before trapping me between his arms and the car. He Held my face in his hands as he placed a soft kiss to the corner of my mouth.
"One moment," He murmured before pulling away and popping the trunk open. I waited as Edward rummaged around in the trunk of his Volvo for a minute before pulling out what looked like a picnic basket.
"Are we having a picnic?" I asked, bewildered. I glanced around us to notice we were surrounded by forests.
"We're having a picnic in the forest, Edward?" I asked, incredulously. A huge smile appeared on his flawless face as he stepped toward me.
"You're going to love it—trust me." He grinned, walking past me. I followed after him as much as I hated the idea of having to walk, but exercise never hurt anyone, right? We hiked for what seems like hours, but we actually only hiked for about an hour and a half before Edward pointed out a pool of light filtering through the trees just ahead. I came to a stop as we reached a small meadow; the suns strong rays pointed directly at the meadow.
"This is amazing," I said, looking around the open meadow at all the trees surrounding it, some flowers were growing in the green grass and the air refreshing.
"You've been here before." I guessed, turning to face Edward. He nodded, smiling slightly.
"I come here to think." He said honestly.
"How often?" I wondered. Edward set down the picnic basket before his eyes met mine again.
"Hmm," He hummed. "Usually once a week," He answered, taking both of my hands in his.
"Are you hungry?" He asked.
"Starving," I replied. Edward grinned as he knelt down to open the picnic basket.
"What would you like—we have turkey sandwiches, some fruit—" He trailed off, chuckling at something he found amusing.
"What are you laughing at?" I asked. Edward shook his head, trying not to smile.
"Nothing of consequence," He answered, his eyes glowing.
'I don't believe you." I retorted, quirking an eyebrow at him.
"I figured you wouldn't" He smirked.
"Jerk," I muttered, nudging him with my shoulder. The look in his eyes wreaked havoc on my suddenly racing heart.
"Silly girl," He chuckled, brushing my windblown hair out of my eyes. Edward maneuvered us around so that I was in his lap with my back against his chest. I felt his nimble fingers gently brushing aside my hair, exposing the side of my neck. I gasped when his lips touched the skin just beneath my ear.
"Breathe, Bella." He chuckled. His warm breath hitting my neck causing goose bumps to break out on my skin as his lips continued their trail down my neck, pressing one last lingering kiss to the crook of my neck.
"You're enjoying this, aren't you?" I guessed after he pulled away.
"More than you know." He teased, leaning forward to kiss me. I laughed when his face connected with the palm of my hand, and not my lips. Edward stared at me, looking shocked. He had his fun, but now it was my turn.
"I don't know whether I should be offended or amused right now." He muttered, narrowing his eyes at me speculatively.
"Sorry, reflex." I shrugged, not sorry in the least. Edward pursed his lips, tilting his head at me.
"Hmm, sounds like we have a bit of a problem, then." He responded, challenging me.
"What should we do about that?" I wondered, gesturing between us.
"Well, maybe, we should just-" He trailed off, holding my face in his hands and covering my lips with his.
"Try that again," He finished, both of us pulling away simultaneously.
"Better?" He asked, quirking an eyebrow at me.
"You know, I couldn't really tell." I admitted. Edward raised his eyebrows in disbelief.
"I can do better." He replied, eagerly closing the small distance between us again. Edward arranged us so that I was laying on my back against the blanket as he hovered over me. Edward used his forearms to hold up some of his weight, his lips never leaving mine. I wrapped my arm around his neck, holding him to me as my other hand ran down his back. Edward shuttered above me as he pulled his lips away from mine, his breathing ragged. I could feel our hearts pounding as Edward rested his head just above my chest.
"This isn't getting any easier." He murmured suddenly.
"What do you mean?" I asked. Edward lifted his head to look at me.
"Being with you like this. It doesn't make it any easier with you being so willing to be with me in that way." He admitted with a resigned sigh.
"It's not easy for me either, you know—with you being so willing." I teased, trying not to laugh at his stunned expression.
"Well, at least the feeling is mutual," He muttered. Our eyes locked as my fingers brushed away the hair falling in his eyes.
"I think someone is in need of a haircut." I teased, running my fingers through his hair, brushing it back away from his eyes again.
"You like my hair like this." He deflected with a grin.
"Of course I do." I shrugged indifferently.
"But," He drawled, chuckling as he poked my sides. I giggled, trying to squirm away from him; my attempts were futile.
"No buts here, Edward." I held my hands up in surrender.
"If I get my hair cut will that make you happy?" He asked, half jokingly-half serious.
"Ecstatic." I replied, smiling happily. Edward smiled bemused with me.
"You," He murmured, planting kisses down my jaw. "Bella Swan" He continued. "Will be the death of me." He breathed as his lips reversed their trail back up the line of my jaw before meeting my lips.
"Oh, how will I ever go on?" I feigned as Edward pulled away, throwing the back of my hand against my forehead.
"Tease." He muttered, pushing himself off of me.
"But you love me anyway." I told him, using his words from last night. Edward looked at me with a glint in his eyes.
"Always." He smiled oh-so sweetly.
"Now who's the tease?" I asked, raising my eyebrows at him. Edward rolled his eyes, bringing his face to mine.
"You started it." He accused, planting his lips to mine urgently.
"Leaving you isn't going to be easy." He whispered as he pulled away, sadness reaching his eyes.
"You're only leaving for a week." I said, trying to shrug it off as I wrapped my arms around my legs.
"I know, but it's going to be strange when I go. I'm so used to seeing your face every day." He murmured, caressing my jaw with his long fingers.
"My face will be easy to forget." I mumbled, looking away from him. Edward snorted.
"You're beautiful, Bella." He disagreed. I grimaced, looking away towards the trees. I felt Edward's fingers against my jaw, forcing me to look at him again.
"I wouldn't lie to you." He said, utterly sincere. I believed him, as much as it was hard to believe some of overly romantic comments he came up with all the time.
We ate our lunch cracking jokes at each other every chance we got. Edward stole kisses every couple of minutes; giving himself a reason to be as close to me as possible, even though he didn't need reason. Later, we were lying on our backs side by side, watching the sunset.
"What do you want to do after graduation?" Edward asked suddenly, turning on his side to face me. I thought about that for a moment.
"I'm not sure. I haven't really thought about it," I answered truthfully. Edward pursed his lips, hiding his knowing smirk.
"What about you?" I asked, curiously.
"I haven't decided yet. I kind of want to be a musician, but the lifestyle is too unreliable. If that doesn't work out, my alternative is to become a doctor." He shrugged.
"Like Carlisle?" I guessed. Edward smiled, nodding. Suddenly, his expression became serious.
"If I asked you to come with me to the airport to say goodbye, would you?" He asked. I sighed, meeting his eyes.
"Do you want me to be there?" I asked, second guessing myself. Edward rolled his eyes.
"Of course," He replied, shaking his head at me.
"Okay." Edward smiled.
"Good." He said, pressing his lips to my forehead.
We laid there, under the stars in Edward's meadow until the sun went down, and when the sun went down Edward packed our things and led us back to the Volvo. Edward walked toward me after putting everything in the trunk, stopping only an arm's length away from me.
"I'm running out of time." He frowned, pulling me into his arms. My eyes narrowed in confusion.
"With you," He finished, shrugging.
"We still have time." Edward scoffed at that, looking away.
"Not enough of it." He mumbled, still looking off into the distance.
"It's not going to get any better, if we both just keep dreading the day you're going to leave," I muttered. That caught his attention.
"You're right." He agreed.
"Maybe we should just go about the next few days as though you aren't leaving on Thursday." I suggested. Edward sighed, holding my hands in his.
"We can try." He conceded, wrapping his arms around me. Edward didn't let me go for a long moment before pressing his lips to my hair as he pulled away.
"I'm going to make this work. I promise." He whispered his eyes never leaving mine.
After that night, the week passed much faster than either Edward or I would have liked. School was always a drag, but gave Edward and I some time together even if we weren't able to be alone. Edward drove me to and from school every day, we sat together during lunch, although we sat with Alice and Jasper, and Ben and Angela on Monday, but on Tuesday and Wednesday we sat alone. Like lovesick fools we wrote notes to each other during Biology, and sat as close to each other as possible without looking as though I was sitting in Edward's lap.
Wednesday night was Edward's last night in Forks, and neither of us wanted to be alone that night, so Alice came over on Tuesday without Edward to convince Charlie to let me stay with her family tomorrow night. It would make things much easier for Carlisle and Esme if they didn't have to come pick me up at four o' clock in the morning on Thursday, before driving Edward to the airport, especially since Edward wanted me to be there to say goodbye before he left. Alice's convincing was not enough for Charlie, but she did manage to at least get Charlie to talk to Esme and Carlisle about it, and finally after some convincing on their part; he caved.
Under strict orders from Charlie, Carlisle and Esme could not let me sleep in Edward's room. Judging from Charlie's strict rules; I'm assuming that Charlie believes I did sleep in Edward's room the last time I was here as much as I told him otherwise; he didn't believe me.
We were shocked when Esme peaked through the door of Edward's room and told us; "Here's the deal you two, Bella can sleep in your room tonight, Edward, as long as Carlisle and I do not know about it. Understood?" She asked, a stern tone in her voice. Edward and I quickly agreed, after exchanging a few confused glances.
"She wasn't kidding was she?" Edward asked after we heard a door closing down the hall.
"The world may never know." I said—mocking that clichéd tootsie pop commercial. Edward chuckled, rolling his eyes as he settled beside me on the bed.
"Goodnight, Bella." He whispered, curling me into his side just as I dozed off.
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I sat curled under Edward's arm, waiting for his flight to be called. Edward hadn't left my side for one minute after he drove me to his house last night. Even while we ate breakfast this morning, he sat so close to me our thighs were touching, and every few minutes he would take my hand in his to press a kiss to the back of my hand. Sometimes he would simply run his fingers through my hair, and kept very close to me, never letting us drift too far apart from one another.
Edward held my hand in his as whispered sweet words in my ear, playing with my fingers.
"You're driving me crazy." I muttered, looking up at his face and meeting those green eyes. Edward smiled innocently, leaning forward to kiss my forehead.
"I'm never leaving your side again when all this is done with." He murmured quietly.
"Don't make promises you can't keep." I said. Edward laughed, frustrated.
"It's not a promise—it's the truth." Edward replied seriously.
"Edward-" I muttered, about to protest his words, but Edward quickly shushed me.
"Don't, Bella." He warned, glaring at me. I pulled away from him to look him in the eyes.
"You don't know that for sure—you may not think so now—but things change, Edward." I said, hoping that some sense of rationality got through to him. Edward sighed, resigned.
"My feelings for you aren't going to change, Bella, and nothing is going to change that," Edward told me his eyes boring into mine. I pursed my lips, skeptical.
"I will always love you, Bella, no matter what." He said his voice barely above a whisper.
"You say that now." I mumbled, shaking my head as I looked away from him.
"Why won't you believe me? One week isn't going to change anything." Edward murmured after a long moment. I sighed as I turned to look at him.
"I want to believe you, Edward, and I do believe you. I just don't want to have some false sense of hope that you'll come back still wanting to be with me." I answered, brutally honest. Edward stared at me with grief stricken eyes.
"Tell me what I have to do, Bella." He demanded, intently.
"Just come back." I told him. Edward stared at me with sad eyes.
"I will." He said, determinedly. I nodded, curling into his side again.
"I'm not going anywhere," He said softly. "Only for a little while," He added, pulling me closer into his side. They called Edward's flight only minutes later, and I watched as Edward said his good-bye's to his family.
"We'll just be right over here, Bella." Esme pointed toward the Starbucks coffee. I nodded quickly. Esme smiled sadly as Carlisle reached for her hand and turned away. I stared at Edward's back, waiting for him to turn around and look at me. He sighed heavily before finally turning to look at me. A sad smile appeared on his face as he slowly walked towards me.
"I guess this is goodbye—for now." I murmured as he reached me, taking my hands in his. Edward didn't respond, wrapping his arms securely around my waist before his lips were suddenly on mine. This kiss was different than all the other kisses we've shared. There was an urgency in the way Edward's lips moved against mine that wasn't there before. It almost felt as though he was afraid that he would never see me again, and that terrified me.
"For now," Edward repeated, pulling his lips away from mine and slowly backing away from me. There was a distance between us now; a few minutes ago that distance would not be there, we were like magnets, but now that magnet was broken—forcing us apart.
"Edward," I said, suddenly realizing there was something I needed him to know before he boards that plane. Edward paused, staring at me in confusion.
"I—I love you." I sighed, my fingers trembling at my sides. Seconds later, Edward was standing in front of me; my face in his hands and his mouth suddenly on mine. I crinkled his shirt between my fingers, my other hand tangled in the hair on the back of his neck. Edward whispered my name under his breath as he took my hands in his and putting that unwanted space between us again.
"Goodbye, Bella." He breathed, pressing his lips to my forehead one last time before turning away. I watched as he presented his boarding pass to the woman standing by the boarding entrance. Edward paused as he stepped forward, his head turned slightly as if he was about to look back at me. Suddenly he turned and looked straight at me.
I love you. He mouthed. Edward stood there just looking at me for a long moment, almost as though he was trying to memorize my face one last time before, suddenly, he turned to board the plane. Alice appeared in front of me with a sad smiled.
"You ready to go?" She asked. I nodded.
"Let's go home." I told her.
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