A/N - Happy first day of Summer! Thanks for reading and reviewing! Enjoy!
Chapter 137 - Breakfast and A Bribe
Thursday, September 30
"Feeding time at the zoo. Wake up, animals."
I groaned and rolled over into Edward's arms when I heard Liam's voice. "So, Liam heard us?" I grumbled, too tired yet to really freak out.
"Probably," he said, chuckling a little. "But he knew the risks of free rent at our place."
"True. You're not embarrassed?" I asked, peeking up at his face.
"That I made love to fiancé? No."
I smiled and buried my face into the crook of Edward's neck. I loved this man, and I felt so special when he spoke from the heart like that. "What time is it?"
"Uh." Edward propped himself up on his elbow. "Six thirty."
Edward laughed. "I hear that. I'm wiped right out."
"I guess," I said, opening my eyes to peek at face. "You were a little wild last night."
He laughed harder and I couldn't help but smile at the sound of it. "Me? I was wild?"
"Um, yeah. Where were you last night?" I asked, smiling.
"Mm. I was right here with you, sexy girl. And I remember you being little adventurous under the sheets."
I laughed. "Oh, yeah." I stretched my arms and groaned. My muscles were a little stiff.
"You okay, angel?" he whispered, kissing my cheek. "I didn't hurt you?"
"No, I'm good. But, I think I used muscles I didn't know I had."
Edward laughed. "I'll have to work you out more often, then. It would be my pleasure."
"Mm. Okay." I sat up and rolled my neck, before climbing out of bed. I pulled my black tank back on and paired it with a pair of Edward's boxers. I was too tired to put anymore effort into my wardrobe choice for breakfast.
Edward, watching me closely, looking turned on, again, followed suit and pulled on some boxers and a white t-shirt. "You look too sexy," he breathed, walking over to me, tracing his fingers over my stomach.
I grabbed Edward's UW Seattle sweatshirt from his drawer and pulled it over my head. We had company, and I didn't want to make either Edward, nor Liam uncomfortable by dressing inappropriately.
Edward smiled. "You're just getting sexier," he said, winking at me. "You look good in my clothes."
I laughed, taking his hand and pulling him to the door. "Come on. I'm hungry."
We walked into the dining room and Liam had the table set up really pretty. Fresh flowers, fruit salad, apple turnovers, bacon. "Wow," I said, sitting down. "This is amazing, Liam," I said. The amazing display made me forget that Liam's wake up call implied he'd heard Edward and I going at it last night.
"Yeah, I stopped at the bakery after my run," he said, smiling.
"This feels like a bribe," Edward said, making us all laugh.
"Ouch. Your favourite uncle can't bring food on his last day staying over at your place?" Liam asked, sitting down beside us and taking a huge bite of a pastry.
"Well, I suppose he could," Edward said, still not looking convinced.
Liam laughed. "Dammit. You saw right through me."
I giggled, honestly not having seen through Liam's sweet gesture. "I didn't," I admitted. "But, regardless of motive, this is great, Liam. Thank you."
"You're very welcome, Bella," he said, winking at me.
"So, what's going on?" Edward asked, before stuffing a slice of bacon into his mouth.
"Okay. Well, I get possession of my place tomorrow," Liam said, smiling widely. "And I was wondering if you guys want to help me move?"
"We have Emmett's game tomorrow," Edward said, shrugging.
"I know," Liam said, laughing. "Hence the bribe. I was hoping I could get your help early morning, and then before lunch after your classes. My furniture is coming, and ah, I need you guys."
"Of course we'll help," I said, volunteering both Edward and myself. "I'm so happy for you, Liam."
"Yeah, it will be nice to walk around my apartment naked, again," Edward added, making both guys laugh.
"Me, too," Liam said, and they laughed harder.
I just rolled my eyes at them, and shook my head. Liam and Edward were so alike, it wasn't even funny.
"You're marrying him, Bella," Liam said, laughing when Edward punched him in the arm and he dodged the hit just in time. "You still have time to change your mind."
"Well, call me crazy, but I think I'll stick with him," I said, making Edward smile. "So, Liam. You excited about your date tonight?"
He chuckled. "I am. I never get nervous for these kinds of things, but I'm finding myself a little jumpy," he admitted. He wiped his hands on his jeans. "Look at this. My palms are sweating."
Edward smiled and reached over to squeeze his uncle's shoulder in a show of support. "You've already met her at movie night last week. You guys hit it off. She likes you, remember?"
Liam laughed. "Yeah. I know. It's just, uh, I'm a freaking grown man. She's so young. What if I'm not cool enough for her, you know? Like if I start talking about the Copiapo mining accident in Chile, or the recent floods in Pakistan. What if I'm boring?"
"Is the age thing really bothering you?" Edward asked him.
"No. I mean it wasn't. She's a great girl."
"Liam. As a girl, may I offer you some advice?"
"Please," he said.
"Talk about that stuff. The mine or your travel or your views on current events. It's attractive." The guys both smiled at me. They were so cute. "Tanya wants to know you, Liam. She likes you. Show her who you are. You are a great man."
He chuckled. "Thank you." He shook his head. "God, you'd think I'd never been on date before."
Edward laughed. "When was your last date?"
Liam blew out a deep breath. "Um, like date date?" Edward nodded. "Uh, maybe two years ago."
"You haven't dated in two years," I asked, surprised.
"Not in the conventional sense of taking a girl out to get to know her," he said, looking a little embarrassed. "I've been with girls, though." He shook his head, again. "Shit, I'm making myself sound bad."
"No, you're not," I said. "Forget all of that. You are a great man. You can do this."
Liam laughed, and reached over to squeeze my hand. "Thanks. So, speaking of dates, are you two going out tonight?"
Edward winked at me. "Nope. We're staying in," he said. I smiled at him, excited for cooking and Edward's guitar playing. Just the two of us. I couldn't wait.
"Ah, the old married couple. Washing dishes together, to bed by eight."
Edward laughed really hard at that. "Well, you know that's not true."
Liam chuckled, with him. "I know. But you're my nephew. Let me pretend. I don't want to know the truth."
"Aw. I'm going to miss having you here," I said, feeling a little nostalgic, already.
"Honey, I'll be twenty minutes away. And, just think. You'll get your couch back."
Edward smiled. "I'm going to miss you, too, Uncle Liam." It was such an honest confession, it brought tears to my eyes.
"Don't cry," Liam said, pointing at me.
I giggled, as I wiped my eyes. "I think I warned you when you moved in that I would cry when you left." I stood up to clear the table.
Edward got up and wrapped his arms around me. He placed a soft kiss to the side of my neck. "Go get ready for school. I'll clear the table." So sweet. I was going to have to cry more often.
"Thank you," I said, heading to the hallway. "I love you, guys."