I'm falling in love with Edward Cullen. This wasn't supposed to happen; this was the unwritten number one rule. Don't fall in love with the customer. But with Edward, it was nearly impossible. Yes, he was a bit of an asshole at the beginning, but now, he was completely different. I mean, Alice was in love with Jasper - and he with her. So maybe Edward feels the same? No, impossible. I shook the thoughts from my head as I walked towards Zafrina's office. It was time for our 'monthly meeting' what ever that meant.
Knocking twice on the door before I entered, I walked in to see Zafrina behind her desk like usual. She wore a strapless red dress that complimented her dark skin. Her long black was pulled back into a tight ponytail, her lips dressed in the same color as her dress. No matter what, this woman always seemed to look like a model.
"Morning Bella, please, come in." She smiled
Walking forward, I took a seat in one of the chairs in front of her desk. She walked over towards the shelf to the right of her desk and pulled one out, guessing that it was mine immediately
"Ok, Bella. You've been with us for almost three months – how are you finding everything?" She asked
"Good. It's helping me pay for school and everything else I need. It's not what I thought it was,"
"And what was that?" She asked
"A prostitution ring with nothing but drugs and sex."
Zafrina's eyebrows rose "Drugs are not prohibited her, I can tell you that. And remember, sex is not something that you have to do."
I nodded my head "I know."
"Good," She flipped through the file "I see that your monthly is at the end of the month, so we'll make sure to give you that week off. How was your night with Mr. Northman?"
I thought back to my night with James, and just the thought of him caused me to shutter. The evening that I spent with Alice and James showing up towards the end, that feeling never went away. That creepy feeling you get when you meet someone that just feels off. Zafrina waited patiently as I tried to fine the right words. It didn't help that my mind went to the moment Edward nearly fucked me a coat closet.
"It was ok, nothing too bad." I spoke
Zafrina nodded, taking my answer "Would you ever want to go with home again? He's been asking for you."
"No." I spoke "I wouldn't, I'd like to have Mr. Cullen only please."
Zafrina wrote down in her folder, before turning back towards me.
"How is Mr. Cullen?"
I couldn't fight the smile that tugged on the corners of my lips. She looked towards me knowingly, but didn't say anything.
"He's good. Very good to me and everything." I whispered
"I know that look; he gives all his girls that look." She shook her head "I'm not going to tell you how to feel Isabella, but I am going to tell you to watch and treed carefully. I'd hate to see you get your heart broken."
I smiled towards her "Thank you, and I will. Promise."
After the meeting was over, and I got the pass, I headed down to Maggie for my doctors appointment. It was a little awkward, seeing as I barely knew the woman – this being our second time. But thankfully it went by quickly. After that, I went straight to Charlotte. It was Friday night, and like always, I was going to meet with Edward. She curled my hair slightly and handed me a pair of jeans a low cut top. I was thankful tonight's outfit was basic and comfortable, well, except for the ankle boots she handed me.
"You're bag is packed and already waiting in the car," Charlotte smiled "Have a good night."
I smiled towards her kindly and walked out of the small salon, before heading straight towards the elevator. My mind went racing as to what tonight would bring. The excitement was evident; I was nearly bouncing off the wall in the elevator. Before I reached the lobby, the elevator stopped on the floor below the one I left. I looked up as the door opened, and watched a small blonde walked on. She smiled towards me and stepped beside me.
"Are you new here?" She asked, her voice high pitched
I turned towards her and saw that she was only a few inches shorter then me. Her blonde hair was pin straight and stopped right at her shoulders. Her green eyes were wide and child like; she looked no older then twenty, maybe. Her face was caked in make-up, almost the extreme sense. Her tight pink strapless dress stuck to her body like second skin.
"Um, sort of," I spoke, trying to be friendly "I've only been here about three months."
"Oh," a mischievous glint appeared in her eyes. "Fresh blood, we get those a lot. I'm Jessica by the way,"
My head snapped towards her and I recognized her name immediately. She was the one before me. The one that spent the night with Edward, had sex with him, and then heard him tell about his life and divorce. She was the one that told the papers about everything she was told. I didn't even know this woman well, and already – I hated her.
"Bella," I spoke
Thankfully, the elevator door opened, and I stepped out before she could speak another word. My feet moved quickly as my heels allowed me across the lobby and towards the large revolving glass door that led me outside to the busy city. Sam was waiting at the curb for me, and I jumped into the backseat. I looked out towards the city through the tinted window of the car – and couldn't believe that I actually met one of Edwards's past girls. Yes, from what Alice told me, it was only one night – but still. The thought of Edward being with any other woman broke my heart slightly.
A half hour later I found myself waiting in the hotel room alone. Unlike any other time, Edward left a key for me. It left me a little worried and found it weird that he didn't call me. But tried to not have it bother me too much, sure he was just held up at work or something. With a heavy sigh, I walked into the kitchen portion of the room and rummaged through the kitchen. It was fully stocked, and thought it would be nice to cook for Edward. We always went out, but I wanted to cater him a little.
Pulling out some chicken breast, eggs and bread crumbs – I began to prepare chicken breast and vegetables. I chopped, seasoned and steamed the veggies as I began to bread the chicken. Just as I placed them in the frying pan, I heard the door to the hotel room open and then slam shut.
"Edward?" I spoke
I dropped the tongs in my hand, and walked around the counter towards the front door. Edward stood in the door way, taking his coat off and setting his bag down on the floor. His head snapped up towards me, and a smile spread across his lips. It was enough to make my heart stop. Fuck me.
"Good, you're here," He walked towards me, wrapping me in his arms.
"What took so long? I was starting to get worried," I whispered
He stared down towards me, his eyes dark and lids heavy, before kissing me softly on the lips. A small moan was muffled between our lips, as my arms wrapped around his neck, my hands running through the hair at the back of his head. Edward pulled away and kissed my forehead, before pulling away completely.
"I had to drive Seth to my mothers," He explained "She lives a little ways away,"
"Oh," I turned and watched as he walked into the kitchen "Who is Seth? I've heard you talk about him before…"
Edward paused with hesitation, looking over the pans as the food cooked, before he looked up towards me. I smiled towards him and waited patiently, making sure nothing was burning as I walked beside him. Edward stood directly beside me; his groin pressed against my side hip, and brushed my hair to the side. Goosebumps broke across my skin as his lips began to suck and kiss my neck,
"Edward," I whimpered, and turned to look towards him "Please, who is Seth?"
He sighed heavily "Seth is my son,"
I froze and let that information digest for a moment. His son? Edward has a son; there was someone that looked like him and his ex-wife. Shit. I didn't know what to think of them. I mean, it wasn't something bad. It wasn't like it was his drug dealer or something. Edward went back to kissing my neck, and running his hands up and down my back. I shuttered slightly when I felt his hand go underneath my shirt and ghost across my skin.
"You have…a son?" I whispered
Edward nodded his head and pulled away and leaned against the counter to my left. He looked towards me with his eyes holding worry.
"Yes. Seth was born almost a three years ago." He whispered "He lives with me at my house, but every time we are together, he's with his mother – with the exception of tonight."
"That's why Lauren called you that last time we were together?"
"Yes, Seth was having a fit; she didn't want to watch him."
I nodded my head still not knowing what to say entirely, but still accepting it. I was silent as I pulled the food from the pans and onto two awaiting plates. With them both in my grasp, I walked towards the table and set them down. As I turned around, I came face to face with Edward. His head was bowed slightly as he stepped forward and wrapped his arm around my waist and pulled me close. I looked up and saw that his brows were knitted together, as if he was in pain.
"Isabella, is it a…problem that I have a son?"
I shook my head "No, no, not at all Edward."
"Good. Because Seth is my life, the only good thing that has come from my marriage, and I need to know if he is going to be a problem. Because if he is, then this might not work."
I reached up and caressed his cheeks softly, and watched as the tension left his face. A soft sigh left my lips, before I rose on my toes and kissed him softly on the lips. Edward's grip on me tightened and he pulled me closer to him, almost to the point where I couldn't breathe. When we pulled away from each other, our breaths were slightly labored – and I could feel my heart pounding in my chest.
"I don't have a problem with you having a son, Edward." I spoke truthfully "I was just shocked that was you answer is all."
He sighed with relief "Thank god,"
"I don't wanna end this…I-I like seeing you and I enjoy the time…we spend together." I leaned into his chest
Edward kissed my forehead "I don't want to either, Isabella. You mean too much to me."
After dinner Edward and I got ready, we decided together to go to a movie. I was a little excited to go out publically with Edward. This would be the first time we've ever gone somewhere beside the hotel restaurant. Reaching into my bag, I pulled out a soft cotton jacket, before throwing it on. When I walked out towards the living room and saw Edward waiting for me. A smile spread across my lips as I walked to his side, before we walked side by side out the hotel room.
"I thought we'd go and see The Amazing Spiderman or something, is there anything you'd like to see?" Edward asked as we waited for the elevator.
"To be honest, I don't even know what's out at the moment. I've been sucked into school." I giggled
Edward smiled towards me "How is that going, by the way?"
"Good, really good." I paused "Doing nothing but writing a paper really. Finals aren't till next week, that's when the chaos starts up."
"I'm sure you'll do just fine, you're a smart woman, Isabella"
I smiled towards him, before we both stepped forward and into the elevator. When the door closed, Edward pushed me up against the far wall and kissed me on the lips. Pulling on his jacket, I pulled him close to me as we kissed. When the elevator door opened once more, Edward pulled away from me. A crooked smile upon his lips. I knew that my cheeks were flushed; I could feel the heat on them. My lips were for sure swollen; there was no doubt in my mind. But one thing I wasn't expecting was James Northman to be standing on the other side of the elevator doorway.