Here is a teaser for Chapter 21. The scene is actually much longer. I cut out a bunch of dialog, movie trailer style. And as always, the teaser is unbeta’d. Sorry for any weird business going on.
This chapter is proving very difficult to write so I can’t promise a Friday update. Also, the next few weeks are busier than normal for me, so the Friday updating schedule might be out the window for a while.
Anyway, read on for the teaser!
“Edward is not taking advantage of me,” I say sternly.
“Yeah, well, he’s a guy and I know how guy’s minds work—they only want one thing. You barely know him and he’s quite a bit older – ”
“I know him better than you think,” I interrupt. “He’s going through a lot right now.”
Emmett contemplates for a few moments. “Fine. I’ll give him a chance. For you,” he stresses. “Seriously though, whatever you two have going on, make sure you’re doing it for you.”
“I am.” I want to tell him it’s not his concern but Edward walks into the kitchen before I get the chance.
“Bella?” He stops when he spots me at the table with Emmett.
“Hey, man,” Emmett says. I can tell he’s trying to be pleasant but it still comes out sounding kind of sour. He stands up and brings his dish to the sink. “Hate to cut this party short, but I’m gonna drive to Forks and pick up Rose.”
“Don’t leave yet. Your father wants to talk to you first.”
“Fine.” Emmett quickly walks out of the kitchen, brushing against Edward as he passes through the doorway. The minute he is gone, Esme wraps her arms around Edward and whispers something in his ear. He smiles and his body visibly relaxes even with her still squeezing him tightly. When Esme leaves the kitchen, I ask Edward what she said.
A grin stretches across his face. “Welcome to the family.”