Chapter 1: http://www.thetwilightsaga.com/group/fanfiction/forum/topics/golden...
Yep! Sorry it took so long! high School sure knows how to hold you back! so I hope you enjoy! its a long one! ten pages on word! New characters are introduced in this chapter along with one of my favorites <3 can you take a guess? Its also a very light chapter, nothing too dramatic lol
These are just a few fun songs for dates, you can relate them to Bella and Edward's future relationship in this story so you kinda get future look at what their love will be like. At least I'm hoping XD
Chapter 2: Dinner”
Night dawned over the city; a typical Friday night for the New York. I slid two clips in my hair , pulling it behind my ears. I put light lip gloss on my lips and faint blue eye shadow on. I tried to look as natural as possible but with a little formality. I didn’t know how formal or informal this whole dinner was so I just slid right in the middle.
I was to meet Alice at the Olive Garden by Times Square. She knew I loved Italian food. Her brother, Emmett, was going too. They were incredibly close, it sometimes makes me want an older brother, seeing how they talk and tease each other. Although, Emmett said he considered me a sister also and I was grateful for that.
I smiled as I slid on my blue ruffled top and a pair of dark jeans. I transferred my phone and wallet from my work pants to my clutch and then put on my black high top converse. I always loved those shoes, I wore them everywhere.
I flipped my phone open, held it to my ear and waited three rings. “Yo, yo, yiggity yo” Alice’s voice chirped.
“Hey, I’ll be there in ten minutes” I told her.
“Okay, we’re there already-”
“HEY BELLA!” Emmett’s voice yelled in the background.
“Ugh” Alice grumbled and I heard clicks on the other side of the phone, “Shut up!” She got back to the phone, “Sorry”
I laughed. “Its okay, tell Em I said hi. So what were you saying?”
“We’re already there...” She trailed off; probably making sure Emmett won’t interrupt. “just say ‘Brandon Reservation’”
“Alright, see you in a few” I told her
Before I could click my phone shut I heard “BYE BELLA!”
I was laughing as I walked out the door.
Mom was in the living room, checking things off in her grade book. Charlie had already gone to work for the night. I felt bad for leaving my own mother alone. Just as my guilt sank in, Renee looked up and smiled.
“Well don’t you look pretty” Renee stated.
I looked down and smiled. “Thanks, you don’t think it’s too much?” I asked.
“Not at all, you look wonderful, my dear” Renee was also a terrible liar but she wasn’t lying this time. She looked very sincere. “And hey, who knows? Maybe you’ll find some cute guys” She winked.
I felt my smile fade. Images filled my mind; His arms around her, him kissing her neck, her jaw, the tip of her lip, the look on his face when he saw me, my heart breaking at the site...
I blinked back the tears.
Once Renee realized her mistake, her eyes grew wide and she raced over to me. “Oh, honey, I’m sorry” She threw her arms around me, comforting me.
Now I felt really guilty. It was so long ago. “No Mom, it’s my fault. I shouldn’t have reacted that way...I should be over it...” my voice a monotone and I literally wanted to kick myself for acting miserable.
“Alright, well forget that. Have fun, Bella” She released me and smiled. I smiled the best I could just as yesterday morning.
“I’ll try” I smirked
Once I got outside, I haled a taxi, and for once took the risk of taking a taxi in the city. I gave the taxi driver money and told him to keep the two dollar change. I didn’t care; I wasn’t getting much tonight anyway. The city lights passed my vision and a kind of hype started building up, I started to surprisingly become excited.
It was just a night out with my friends and that’s all I have asked for a while. But I hope this wasn’t some kind of trick blind date. Alice knew what happened but she never tried to set me up, but the way she was too excited.... No, Alice wouldn’t do that, I felt guilty just for thinking of Alice that way
“Hey, we’re here” The grouchy voice of the cabbie dragged me out of my train of thought.
“Thank you” I murmured and walked up to the brightly lit up Olive Garden.
As I walked up to the door my foot slipped a puddle. I gasped but a hand grabbed my elbow. I looked up to thank the stranger but my mouth slammed shut. He was incredibly handsome. His skin was almost my color, maybe a bit darker. His hair was a bronze neat mess. Freckles strayed over his cheeks and he had an amused smirk on face. And his eyes looked as if dark emeralds belonged inside them.
“Are you alright, Miss? You should be more be careful” He asked. His voice was incredible and I felt my heart stop. I had never had such a reaction to a man before.
I blinked a few times, my eyes drifting away from his so I could have my train of thought back. “Yes, thank you”
He just smiled and walked away. My breath came out in a huff. I hadn’t realized I’d been holding my breath.
No, I would not fall in love again. Love gave you the power to crush someone and that’s not happening again to me again.
I went up to the podium and the man working there looked faintly familiar. Blond hair covered his scalp, long but not enough to not see his blue eyes. He was tall and lean. The tag on his shirt indicated his name was Jasper. Then Rosalie’s glare flashed in my mind. This man had Rosalie’s features. But he had a light, polite smile on.
“Table for one?” He asked his voice soft and calm. He assumed I was alone.
“Actually, I’m here for Brandon Reservation?” I said, making it sound more like a question.
“Oh yes, Emmett’s sister’s friend, right this way” He gestured up the mini escalator.
“You know Emmett?” I asked. I knew Emmett knew a lot of people but he never told me about a waiter.
“Yeah, he’s my old college roommate.” He turned back and grinned at me.
I smiled back; it was as if it was automatic. Jasper seemed like a calm presence. “Oh that’s cool” I said lamely.
We made it up the top of the escalator and he led us to the front of the restaurant, revealing beautiful Times Square. I grunted. Obviously Alice didn’t listen to my ‘don’t go overboard’ speech I gave yesterday.
“Bella!” She jumped out of her seat. Obviously I looked overdressed. A tight fitting red halter top covered her chest, along with leather pants. Her usual spiky hair was straightened out into a few curls. Makeup covered her face and she approached me and smiled. “Hey, hey” She gave me a quick hug and it seemed she didn’t have to stretch like she usually did. I looked down and she was wearing very high black heels. Well, Alice would take any opportunity to get all gussied up.
Then Alice’s eyes drifted to Jasper’s as she bounced off of me. “Bye Jazz” her voice dropped a level trying to sound seductive. I saw Alice had a little crush.
“Bye” He said, clearing his throat, and going to back downstairs.
She turned over to me and raised her eyebrows up and down. I smirked and shook my head.
Alice laughed and led me to our table. Emmett was there, big and wearing a black shirt.
“Well if it isn’t it, Bella? Did you get smaller?” He said, smirking. Emmett was always the jokester making fun of everything and everyone.
“No Em, you got bigger” I smirked back, ruining his joke.
“Ah, how I miss you and your terrible ways of comedy” He stood and caught my in a tight hug. I laughed until my air ways were cut off.
“Emmett...can’t....BREATHE” I choked out the last of my air.
He just laughed and let me go. He smiled widely and gestured to the window seat next to Alice.
“Alice, you completely ignored my limits” I said, taking the seat next to her.
She smiled. “You deserve this, Bella. You needed a chance to get out and have some fun with us” She chirped.
“You try to hooking up with Emmett’s friends while he makes fun of me. Yeah, very entertaining” I said sarcastically.
Alice just laughed as I grabbed a breadstick and nibbled. “Oh and get anything you want” She said.
“Alice!” I exclaimed but she just held up her hand and shook her head. I sighed sharply then looked at the seat across from me. It had a jacket occupying it and then I looked over at Emmett who had his on the back of his chair. “Hey, Em, you brought two jackets?” that’s a silly thing to do.
“Uh no well-” Emmett said but being cut off by Alice’s glare. I looked between them as they exchanged a look that meant they were hiding something.
“What’s going on?” I asked, suspicious
“Well, Bella, you see my friend is having dinner with us as well” Emmett said slowly and distinctly.
“Oh...ok” That wasn’t so bad. “I mean...it’s not like your setting me up or anything, right?”
Both of them remained quiet. Emmett took a bite out of a breadstick. Alice suddenly had become occupied with her nails.
“Right?” I repeated.
Alice bit her lips and looked at me, her face ready to flinch. “Alice! I told you not to!” I cried. I wasn’t ready for this. I had to leave.
As I started getting up, Alice’s hand pulled down my arm. “Bella, I haven’t set you up in three years and I’ve seen a lot
of great guys for you but I never said anything because I knew your limits but please just give him a chance” She folded her hand in front of face and jutted out her lip in a pout.
“Alice, you’ve been getting your way a lot tonight, don’t you think I should get mine for once?” I asked, folding my arms over my chest.
“Oh c’mon Bella! Just do me this one solid! He’s perfect for you! I swear! Cross my heart and hope not to die!” She exclaimed, practically begging.
“Ugh” I put my finger to the bridge of my nose and squeezed it. “Why are you doing this to me?” I asked, helpless.
“Because I couldn’t resist and couldn’t stand seeing my best friend alone for so long” Alice said softly now.
“Hmph, fine Alice, you’ll get your way, but I’m not promising anything
.” I told her. “Where is he anyway?” Maybe he bailed; a smile weaved through my lips.
“He went to his car, he forgot his wallet” Emmett’s eyes drifted in the direction of the entrance. Then my confidence shrank. I sighed sharply, picked up a menu and started reading. It was hard to choose because everything was so expensive... My teeth bit down on my lip.
Then my mind went other places. How could Alice do this to me? Did she want me to get hurt again? I’ve just been forgetting how much anguish I was in. I didn’t want to be backstabbed again even if he was ‘perfect.’
“Oh there he is” Emmett said. I slowly slid the menu from my face and gasped. It was the same man who caught me when I tripped. Blood rushed to my cheeks and I looked down. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Alice smirk. I heard him approach the table and I looked up but he was looking Em.
“Edward, Bella, Bella, Edward” Emmett gestured and grinned.
Edward smiled softly and held out his hand. “Ah yes, the one from the outside of the restaurant. It’s a pleasure” my heart skipped a beat and I swallowed the bile in my throat. I reached my hand over and he took mine. I felt some sort of energy fill me.
“Small world, huh?” My voice stumbled. We shook hands and he took his seat across from me.
“Wait, wait, wait, you two know each other?!” Alice spazed out.
“Only for like what? 10 seconds?” I smiled, attempting to joke
“Around there. Bella isn’t very coordinated, is she?” Edward chuckled and I ignored his light jab. His chuckle like his voice was amazing especially when it wrapped around my name.
“Trust me, that’s one of the first unattractive things you hear about her” Emmett snickered. Then I heard a hard thud beneath the table. “Ow” he complained and then glared at a smiling Alice. I pursed my lips, trying to hide my smile. Edward hid his smile as well and looked at the menu. Alice and I exchanged a glance; her eyes got wide and pointed them to Edward, I raised mine in annoyance. Awkwardness filled the silence. I just huffed and read my menu. Alice can be so pushy. She slapped her menu on the table.
“So, Edward, what do you do for a living?” Alice asked, trying to start conversation since I wasn’t doing it.
He looked up and smiled, “Oh I work at a music store, selling guitars. Then on Saturday nights, I play at a little club”
That’s when I got interested. “Really? What do you play?”
“Guitar and piano” He looked at me and I felt a thrill.
Before I could speak, Alice interrupted “Wow! What a coincidence! Bella, here, plays guitar as well!” I glowered at her while she sat there, grinning.
“Really? What kind?” His green eyes shimmered with interest.
I smiled, “Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic, I’m not really good though”
He shrugged, “You’ll get better just as long as you practice”
“Yeah, time is just something I don’t have for that. I’m more of a song writer” I blurted out.
“Song writer?” His lips turned up into a crooked kind of smile
Did my body just burst to flames? I knew my face did. Alice elbowed me, gesturing for me to speak before making a fool of myself. “Yeah, I’ve been doing it since I was a kid” I tried to sound as nonchalant as possible. I looked over at Alice’s grimace, knowing I failed at that.
“Yeah, I’ve been doing it for awhile” I smiled a tiny bit, unsure if he would like my answer. He grinned back, his eyes sparkling.
My phone suddenly buzzed. “Excuse me” I murmured, embarrassed. I flipped my phone open to see a text message from Alice
“Don’t you know how to flirt, Bella?! This is painful to watch!”
I glowered at the phone, resisting turning my face to hers. I quickly texted:
“No, I don’t and no one said you had to watch me”
I slapped my phone shut and sighed. Edward looked down from his menu. “Is something wrong?”
“My friends are annoying that’s all” I looked at his amused face.
“Mhmmm....” Alice hummed so only I could hear. Her hands touched the keyboard of her phone and I just chewed a bread stick.
I might as well try and start conversation, “So, Edward, do you have any roommates or do you live alone?” I asked. Then I felt my neck heat up as he probably thought I was stalking him.
But he just smiled at my humiliating question, “I live alone, I prefer it anyway, I get more time to myself. Do you live alone?” He asked, smacking my question right back at me. He was good.
“Unfortunately no, I live with my parents. I’m trying to get my own apartment as soon as possible. I like being alone with my songs” Sometimes my voice would stumble over my words and my cheeks burned fire.
“It’s always good to be alone with yourself but never too alone” He said, his smile fading a little.
I couldn’t understand his reaction but I didn’t ask. So I just said, “True”
My phone buzzed for the fifth time in my pocket. I sighed exasperatedly at Alice. I opened my phone
“I’ll show you how it’s done”
I looked over at her and she just sat there, smug.
Then Jasper came and took our orders. Alice didn’t talk in her usual voice; she lowered it into a seductive purr. When Jasper asked what I wanted, I giggled my response out. Edward chuckled out his as well. Emmett was just plain embarrassed as he handed his menu back. Jasper looked at all of us, his eyes resting on Alice last. She winked at him and he shifted his weight uncomfortably and walked away.
“Really, Alice?” I asked her
“Really, Bella” She smiled and continued biting a breadstick.
“I’m sorry, Emmett” I told him, it must be harder to live with Alice than I thought.
His eyes just grew wide and he nodded, he knew what I was talking about.
“What are you guys talking ab- oh! That’s mean!” Alice spazed out. I pursed my lips to keep from laughing.
Jasper came back and spun the salad. Alice was too angry to try and be flirtatious again. I thanked the lord in heaven.
He handed us plates. “Cheese?”
“Oh Come on, bro, you know me! Shake the hell out of that thing!” Emmett roared in laughter.
Edward and I started laughing as Jasper happily put cheese in the salad. Alice was still fuming and didn’t protest the fat in it. She had her lips tight together, trying not to laugh.
As the night progressed, it was pretty nice. Edward was not very talkative but he did know how to put himself into a conversation. He was a very relatable person and I liked that. This didn’t mean I’d go back to dating, but I did want to hang out with him more, not on dates, just friends. I had to admit; he was incredibly handsome and very much, as Alice would say, my “type.” Although, I had to protect myself, I couldn’t bear to be hurt again. When Alice turned to look at me, her pixie face crumpled a little, and then she turned back to her dinner. I sighed and ate my raviolis. The hot, tangy flavors of mushroom and pasta filled my mouth, making me forget my painful memories.
When I was done, I sipped my water and felt someone’s eyes on me. I looked up to see Edward’s eyes burning into mine. When he noticed I looked up, his face turned to the window. His cheeks grew a faint shade of pink. I couldn’t help but smile. Even though I didn’t want him to, I was actually flattered that Edward was interested in me. However I hoped he wasn’t too interested, so much that I would break his heart. Mine has been mangled and stomped on enough and I couldn’t bear to it to anyone else’s.
The check came and Alice paid it, leaving a piece of paper inside the folder. She saw me as she gave the folder to Jasper and winked at me. I smiled and went inside my clutch to look for a tip. Then a small hand slapped mine.
“Ow!” I protested. My hand burned. Alice sure knew how to slap hard.
“What did I say about you not paying?” She said, raising her black eyebrows for emphasis.
“Oh c’mon, Alice. Its only 5 dollars.” I shrugged.
She sighed sharply, giving up while Emmett chuckled at her.
Jasper came back, his face red. I put my fingers over my mouth to muffle my laughter. Alice really knew how to charm a man.
“Alright, sis, you can stop torturing poor, Jazzy.” Emmett said, standing up, rustling on his jacket. I slid mine on as well.
“We should all hand out again sometime” I stated, smiling.
“Yeah, oooh! I know! We can all go to-” Alice started jumping up and down until I interrupted.
“For free, Alice. You know? Like I don’t know my apartment? Or yours?” I told her, smirking.
“Ugh. No fun” She crossed her arms over her chest.
Emmett laughed as he mussed Alice’s hair and she slapped his hand. He just laughed more and they walked towards the escalator.
Then Edward silently took his place at my side and walked with me. His face was expressionless. Did something happen? What did I do wrong? I bit my lip.
“Edward, are you alright?” I said looking up at.
His face came back to life as he looked down at me. He smiled gently “Yes, why?”
I felt my cheeks burn. “No reason, you just seemed...quite” I told him, hesitating on the last word.
To my surprise, he chuckled. “Many people think that. I’m not used to being around people. I have a lot of time to myself” his voice grew soft at the end.
We entered the escalator and I looked at him, a step behind me. Sympathy grew in my heart for him. He must have lost his parents or something. My teeth bit harder on my lip. In an odd way, Edward and I were alike. We had both lost people we cared for.
“Well you know...” I started to say but I stopped myself. What was I doing? “We could hang out. I mean, if you want” Hanging out. No date. He should see that on my face.
His green orbs grew wide for a moment then they grew warm. “Sure, of course” He smiled and nodded.
I smiled back. I’d hang out with Edward. For the first time in years, I’d actually wanted to hang out with a guy. He seemed like the kind of person I could be friends with. I didn’t have many guy friends (except for Emmett of course).
We made it outside into the cold chill of a typical night in New York. I heard Edward cling his keys together. He pressed a button and a car beeped. I looked over and my mouth fell to the ground. Sitting there on the sidewalk was a bright, shiny Volvo. It was probably a model for next year.
“Nice ride” I whispered.
“Thank you” He chuckled. “Do you want a ride home?” He asked gesturing to the car.
My heart jumped inside my throat. I hardly knew him but he was offering me a ride. My common sense screamed no to going with a stranger then my heart beat hard against my chest, saying to go. I bit my lip.
“Its okay, I can take a cab” I said softly, hoping he wasn’t too offended.
But Edward just smiled and shrugged. “Alright, well...I’ll see you again sometime, Bella” He said gently.
I nodded, my neck bursting into flames. He gently took my hand and kissed it. Suddenly, the rest of my body was on fire and the air surrounding us was filled with a high kind of energy. He smiled crookedly and left for his car.
My legs shook a little, and I held onto a nearby lamppost for support. A love-drunken sigh escaped my lips. The silver car disappeared down the street.
Well, there was one thing I knew for sure, Edward is someone I would not forget. Alice came over and reached up to lay her elbow on my shoulder. She looked up at me and smirked. “I’m good” she emphasized.
I laughed and shoved her off but then put one arm around her shoulder, as we walked back into the night.
Chapter 3: http://www.thetwilightsaga.com/group/fanfiction/forum/topics/golden...