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Chapter Two:

Yale Bound

I looked over at the clock and groaned. It was 6:30, and Charlie would be home any minute. I love my dad, but, parents have a way of holding a grudge. I understood that it killed him to see me so torn up for all those months. But why couldn't he accept that I was happy again, because of Edward.

All he ever commented on was the fact that Edward broke me. So I would constantly have to remind him that he also took responsibility and fixed me.

That was another thing to look forward to. Once I graduate I will no longer have to worry about his stubborn mind set.

Edward got up and buttoned his shirt, and then he picked me up. "Should we reconvene downstairs?"

"I guess if we have to." He smiled as he ran down the stairs and sat us on the couch. We grabbed the books we had waiting on the coffee table and began to read.

I was flipping pages but not taking in a single word of whatever book was in my hands. I looked over and noticed that Edward was reading John Grisham's Runaway Jury.

"That's a good movie." I stated putting down my book.

"If you like the movie; I don't think you will like the book."

"Why"

"The movie centers on the gun companies. In the book, it's the tobacco industry; completely different."

"That sounds dumb. Is it set at a different time?"

"No, it isn't why?"

"Well, with the whole surgeon's general warning and all. How could someone sue the tobacco industry after 1969?"

"I don't know. They just do."

I rolled my eyes. "I need to go make dinner." I said as I got up and kissed Edward's cheek.

Even though I was not making dinner for the two of us; after the day I had just had, and the fact that I was making dinner for two. It almost felt like we were a married couple already, it felt nice.

Why was I so scared to marry him? I know he loves me, for eternity. And that he will never leave me again. So what is it that I am frightened of?

"Charlie will be here in 3 ... 2 ... 1." Edward called to me.

I heard the tires of the cruiser on the driveway. I quickly put the steaks in the pan. I grabbed a can of corn from the cabinet and dumped it into a bowl. Then I added some butter and salt and put it in the microwave. I turned the steaks and started to make a salad.

"Bella," Charlie called as he walked in.

"Making dinner, dad," I called back to him

"The steaks smell great," he said coming straight into the kitchen.

"Thanks dad." I beamed him a smile. "Did you catch much today?" I asked

"Yes. Seth is a natural; I don't know why he never came with us before," he stood in thought for a moment. Then he turned and went to the living room, while I finished dinner.

I braced myself for my dad's steely "Hello Edward," but it never came. He must have gone upstairs.

"Where's the fish dad?" I wondered when I never heard him put it away.

"I let Seth keep it, we have plenty."

That was true. As I was setting the plates on the table there was a knock at the door.

"I wonder who that could be," Charlie said as he pulled himself away from the sports channel. "Alice?" He said in surprise.

"Hello Charlie. Can I come in for a moment?"

"Of course," he replied.

With dinner on the table I joined Charlie and Alice in the living room.

"Hey Alice," I said as I came into the room. She bounded forward and kissed my cheek.

"Charlie, I know that it is the last week of school." She was looking at him pleadingly for some reason. "But I was wondering if Bella could spend the night at my house tonight? Once we graduate, I don't know when I will get to see her again." It sounded so sincere; I had to hold in my laughter. "You see. I have been accepted to Yale. I will be leaving on Saturday, Summer Coarse One starts on Wednesday, and I want to be settled before I start my classes."

"Congratulations Alice. Yale is a great school. What are you going to be studying?"

"Thank you. I am going to finalize that plan once my generals are out of the way. But I was thinking about fashion design."

"That sounds great. Sure, Bella can go over. But we were just about to sit down to dinner." He looked sad for a moment.

"I will wait." Alice said with a smile

"I feel bad now. Are you hungry Alice?" Now I really had to hold in my laughter. I turned quickly back to the kitchen; I would just have to eat quickly.

"No sir. But while you two eat I can pack some clothes for Bella. That way when she is done we can leave." I groaned. Who really knew why I was being taken to the Cullen's, and I could only guess what Alice would pack for me.

"Okay, but if you change your mind, just let us know."

Charlie watched as Alice walked up the stairs to my room. Finally he came into the kitchen to eat. I was already half done.

"I know you want to go, but slow down, or you are going to choke yourself." I smiled slightly and slowed a little.

Alice came back down about ten minutes later. I could only guess that she was giving me time to finish eating. I washed my plate quickly and gave Charlie a kiss. Then I ran upstairs, tripping twice, thankfully Alice caught me. I brushed my teeth and threw my shoes on. Then I went back downstairs, more carefully this time. "See you dad," I called over my shoulder to Charlie as I walked out the door with Alice.