Wow, it's taken me a while. I got stuck in the writers block rut once more. But today I had an Idea how to get out, so here is the next chapter. Enjoy :)
Edward was sat by the piano, lost in his thoughts. He found his eyes were drawn to the brunette beauty who sat in the window seat watching as her brothers played with her son.
It had been a week since Bella had moved in with them and Edward found that his eyes were often drawn to her. He noted the reddish hint in her curls and the almost golden undertone in her eyes.
He noticed the slight dimples when she truly smiled and the fire that burned in her eyes when she angry.
To Edward, Isabella Marie Swan was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her name definitely suited her.
Bella turned in that instant, her laugh like music to his ears, and caught Edward's eyes.
Edward's breath hitched as he looked at her and Bella blushed deeply. Edward gave a lopsided grin. He thought the blush was very becoming on the teenager.
Bella turned away from Edward, her breathed slightly imbalanced. Her breath had been stolen from her with the intensity in Edward's emerald eyes.
She too, like Edward, had found her gaze often drawn to the bronze haired boy. She noticed the way his hair could range from an almost blonde in brilliant light to an intense red in other light.
He captivated her with everything he did. Bella could watch him for hours and never get bored. But she wasn't able to as her brothers and son all demanded her attention.
Jamie giggled, bringing Bella's attention once more to her young son who was happily playing with Emmett. She shook her head as Emmett pulled faces at his nephew.
Sometimes, as he watched her laugh or play with her family, Edward couldn't believe what Bella had gone through. But her eyes always showed the true nature of her life.
Their chocolate depths were hardened, but the steel shutters were beginning to open with each day that passed.
Bella meandered down the streets as she idly tried to locate a decent pick pocket victim. She turned around, the tingling feeling on her back telling her someone was watching her.
Shivering and pulling the stolen coat closer around her, Bella sped up a little. She turned into a nearby Alley, hoping to lose her pursuer at some point.
The alley was eerily silent and the hair on her arms stood up even more than it had been.
A noise behind her startling Bella and she spun round to see what it was. The alley was empty.
Bella turned back and let out a soft scream. A tall, blonde boy was standing before her. His long blonde hair was pulled into a ponytail and he was wearing the trademark red contacts of the Red Eyes.
"Bella, Bella, Bella. What are you doing out here alone?" The boy purred, walking closer.
Bella took a step back for every step the boy took forward. "Who are you?" She asked.
"I'm James. I've been watching you, Isabella. My sweet little Bella." James said, cornering Bella.
"Get away from me!" Bella cried, pushing James.
James just caught her wrists. "Ah, ah, ah. You don't want to do that, Bella."
Bella began to shake in fear as James roughly kissed her. She struggled in his grasp, but he grabbed her head and slammed it back against the brick wall behind her.
Bella cried out slightly in pain, but James muffled it with his hand. Tears began to gather in the girl's eyes.
James grinned wickedly and his hand began to slip lower, reaching towards the buttons of Bella's jeans.
Bella gasped as she shook herself out of her nightmare. She glanced over at the crib. Jamie was still sleeping softly.
A soft lullaby distracted Bella from her nightmare. After checking Jamie once more, she swung her legs over the side of the bed and walked to the door.
She cracked it open and peered around it. The sound of the piano sounded as if it were coming from downstairs.
Curious, Bella silently shut her door and slipped down the stairs, as silent as her nickname.
She peered around the corner to see Edward sat at the piano with his eyes shut and his fingers flying across the keys.
Entranced, Bella moved ever closer. She walked right up behind him and peered over his shoulder.
Edward stopped playing and opened his eyes after savouring the last note that hung in the air.
He let a soft smile cover his face and turned to go back to bed. Only to come face to face with Bella.
Edward let out a rather unmanly little scream and fell off his stool onto the floor with a thud.
Bella gasped and ran to his side, making sure he was alright. "I'm sorry. I didn't mean to startle you." She gasped.
Edward clutched his heart. "It's fine. But you really ought to make some noise when you approach someone."
Bella blushed. "Sorry, habit. Besides, you looked so peaceful playing that I didn't want to disturb you."
Edward got up, rubbing his head where he had hit on the wooden floor. "So, what brings you down here?"
"I couldn't sleep. I…I had a nightmare." Bella admitted, suddenly feeling rather shy.
"What about? Oh, I'm sorry if that sounded nosy. You don't have to tell me." Edward added, looking down.
Bella smiled slightly. "It's fine. I had a nightmare of the night I received Jamie."
Edward frowned. "The night you received Jamie. But wouldn't that be a happy….oh." Realisation struck him and Edward shifted. "I'm sorry. It must have been awful."
Bella shrugged. "It's fine."
"Do you want to talk about it? I'm a good listener." Edward smiled at the brunette beauty.
Bella nodded, a small smile of her own playing about on her lips. "That was the first time I had seen James. Then, after, he kept coming to where we were hiding out. He even brought his little 'group'; his girlfriend Victoria and their friend Laurent. One day Victoria warned me away from him, said she didn't care if James called me his obsession that he was hers."
Bella chuckled darkly. "She could have him. Then I found out I was pregnant. Thankfully, Aro sent James off on this excursion so Ryan and I were able to leave without him following."
Edward felt a fierce feeling of protectiveness rise up inside of him. "They can't hurt you know. We're here, I'm here. I won't let anyone hurt you." He declared passionately.
Bella smiled and hugged him. "Thank you, Edward."
Edward breathed in her scent. Strawberries. "You're welcome." He whispered.
Bella laughed as she drew back. "You're a real catch you know."
Edward looked puzzled. "I am?"
"Sure. You look like a Greek God, are a good listener and are gentleman." Bella grinned. "Well I had better get off to bed. Goodnight Edward."
Edward watched as Bella headed off to bed, his admiration of her growing even more. He smiled slightly as he thought of her hugging him. "Goodnight, Bella."
Please Read and Review. Edward and Bella's attraction begins. I hope you enjoyed this chapter. Next Chapter: The longawaited kiss and meadow scene.