Friday, April 22, 2011

CBWR? Chapter 51

Author's notes:
I couldn't leave you with such a nasty cliffie for too long. :)

An idea popped into my head, and for once I didn’t think it was totally fucked up.

Chapter 51
 
A tap on my shoulder nearly got Bella shot.
 
“Where the fuck were you?” I hissed under my breath.
 
“The bathroom,” she replied with wide eyes.  “I didn’t get a chance to go before…and then there was this guy…”

“What guy?” I asked, looking around.  Bella looked over her shoulder before slowly scanning the bar.
 
“I don’t see him anymore,” she said.
 
“What was he doing?” I asked.  I didn’t know who the fucker was, but I had plenty of ammunition left.
 
“He came up and talked to me,” she said.  “But I didn’t understand what he was saying.”
 
I took her by the arm and started heading out the door.  Now was not the time for chatting anyway.  We needed to make a quick exit before any of my activities were discovered.  I didn’t need the guy standing at the door to the back rooms to remember me very well, and the longer I stayed the more likely that became.
I hailed a taxi on the street, and took us to our hotel.  I told Bella to get her things back in the bag since we weren’t staying.  She wasn’t happy about it, but she threw everything back into her suitcase and we were off again.
 
A couple hours later, we were on a train to Heidelberg.
 
I showed our passports to the conductor for what must have been the twelfth time before dropping down into the bench seat next to Bella.  At least we had ended up in a car without company, and I was grateful for that.  I took a deep breath, trying to relax for the first time since…well…since yesterday morning.  Or maybe the night before.  All the days were starting to run together.  Was it Tuesday still?
 
I looked over the Bella, who looked completely exhausted as she sat with her hands in her lap, gripping the handled to her suitcase.
 
“You want me to put that in the overhead bin?” I asked, pointing at the bag.  She shook her head.
 
“I’ll just have to get it down again, then unpack it, then pack it back up,” she said.  That’s when I noticed her hands were trembling.
 
I wanted to open my mouth and say…well…something, but low and behold, I had no idea what I should say.  Saying nothing didn’t seem right either, though.
 
“Once we get to the next place we should be able to stay there a while,” I said, hoping it sounded comforting, but doubting it.  Bella just shrugged.  I wondered if she had been watching me shrug and maybe practicing my methods.  She seemed pretty good at it.  I knew she was upset, but figured anything I would say or do would just make it worse.  Then I remembered how asking her worked before.
 
I reached out and placed my hand on her arm.
 
“What can I do?” I asked her.  Bella’s eyes met mine briefly, then she looked back to her fingers gripped around the suitcase handles.   She shook her head and huffed out of her nose.
 
“I was just thinking,” she said quietly, but did not elaborate.  Because I am a glutton for all things anti-me, I had to ask for more.
 
“Thanking about what?”
 
She let a humorless laugh escape her mouth.
 
“When I was a kid, I thought about what my wedding night would be like,” she admitted.  “I thought of a lot of different things, but this wasn’t in the list.”
 
Fuck.
 
Add one more thing to the extremely long list of shit I’ve fucked up in her life.  I mean, that’s the kind of things girls think about a lot, isn’t it?  I remember someone telling me they did – maybe it was Emmett.  Yeah, I was pretty sure it was him.  Bella probably had some grand idea of love and hearts and flowers and shit, and she was stuck with me.
 
I hoped she would sleep on the train, because she certainly looked like she needed it.  She didn’t even nod off though, and we spent most of the time sitting in silence.  When we reached the train station in Heidelberg, I rented a car and headed off into the countryside towards the little house just outside of Dilsberg.  It was a small place, but secluded and pretty much unknown.  You couldn’t even see it from the road, and no one who didn’t know it was there would ever have found it.
 
I carried Bella’s suitcase and my bag into the one and only bedroom and dropped them down at the foot of the bed.  I took a quick look around and made sure all the lights worked and the toilet flushed.  Then did a quick scan for any electronic signals that might indicate a bug had been planted.  Satisfied the place was pretty much undisturbed from the last time I had been there, I pulled out the phone and called Emmett.
 
“You got a trailer, you know,” I told him.
 
“Yeah, he followed us for a few hours,” Emmett replied.  “At the moment, he’s eating grit at the bottom of the river, though.
 
“Nice.  Who was he?”
 
“Dunno for sure,” Emmett said.  “but he seemed to be alone.  We’ll keep a look out.  Oh, and since you aren’t here, I get first dibs.  I’m taking Aro’s boats.”
 
“Yeah, fine,” I said.  I didn’t really care which portions of Aro’s business I ended up controlling.  I hung up and went back to the bedroom where Bella sat on the edge of the bed, still looking about a worn out and miserable as she could be.  Not that I could begrudge her any of that, but I still wished there was something I could do.  I was still our wedding night, technically.  There should have been something I could do to make it not totally suck.
 
An idea popped into my head, and for once I didn’t think it was totally fucked up.
 
“Bella?”
 
“Yeah?” she looked up at me.  I could see the remnants of tears in her eyes.
 
“I’m sorry your wedding night sucks,” I said.  I immediately wished I could take it back, but there was nothing I could do once the words were already out of my mouth.  “Um…can I try to make it better?”
 
She eyes me warily.
 
“How?”
 
“Would you…um…would you give me the honor of dancing with you?”  I sucked my lower lip into my mouth, wondering how perfectly stupid my idea probably was now that it was out in the open.  I looked back up to her, waiting to see if she was going to smack me across the face or anything, but she didn’t.  She just looked at me for a good long while before tears started dripping down her cheeks again.
 
Shit.  I had fucked it up.
 
Before I could say anything else stupid, Bella nodded to me and stood up.
 
“I don’t know how to dance,” she said through her tears.
 
“I don’t either,” I said with a shrug.  I took a step forward and put my arms around her.  She put her hands around the back of my neck and lay her cheek against my chest.  We didn’t have any music, and all either of us could really do was sway back and forth a bit, but it didn’t matter.
 
Sometimes you go with what you got, right?

Chapter end notes:
Awww...Doofus has good idea!  Good Doofus!
More tomorrow...probably.


93 comments:

  1. You know, even a blind squirrel finds an acorn occasionally!!!

    Good for him!!!

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  2. He is learning! It is a very sweet idea

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  3. Good job, Edward! You did something right, apparently.

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  4. Scooby snack for doofus! Good boy

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  5. Awww, he finally got it right :) I mean, he still has a long way to go but we know it's baby steps with him LOL

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  6. Doofy, that was sweet! I can't wait for more ;)

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  7. I've missed you this week. Don't know what happened or why you moved the story, but I'm glad I found you.

    Hope everything is OK.

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  8. Thank the Little BB Jeebus that Bella just went to tinkle! Holy Donkey Nuggets....

    That was really sweet of Doofy to ask her to dance. I wanna pat him on the ass. I MEAN BACK! I totally meant to say "back" damnit.

    Great chapter, thanks Easter Bunny!

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  9. Kathie's comment was epic. Glad that Bella is okay and another portion of the hit went off without any known glitches. I hope they're able to stay in the safe house for a while and spend some quality bonding time. --Monique

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  10. maybe he deserves a scooby snack at least for his effort...Pam B.

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  11. nice thing to do Edward asking the girl to dance..hehe doofus :D

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  12. I don't know how or if there is a happy ending out of this..but this was a super sweet effort on Meister Doofus's part...

    Mwuaaah!!!

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  13. Ah Edward that was really a sweet thing to do. Thanks so much!

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  14. Oh sweet Doofus... *hugs him*... =) TY Savage!

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  15. oh she broke my heart :( but he was actually *gasp* sweet with out Alice pointing a gun at him I loved it LOL

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  16. Edward is very attentive to Bella, and tries to make it better for her, though he knows that he isn't good at that. It was amazing how he came up with the idea about the dance - a moment of the wedding, which she had wanted to have.

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  17. that was really sweet of him.

    thanks for the update. =)

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  18. Awww sweet Edward. At least he's trying to make it up to her.

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  19. dump her ass and marry ME i even help shot the bads:)weekitty

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  20. Was the guy who spoke to Bella Emmett's trailer?

    Emmett grabbed Aro's boat business? Right choice.

    LOL! Maybe he'll find a sailboat named The Twilight in Aro's holdings.

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  21. Aww, sweet (kinda) Doofus.. he's trying.

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  22. Yes, Doofus is learning! That was a really sweet moment at the end. The next chapters should be fun, now that the killing's over with and they just have some uninterrupted time to themselves.

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  23. Doofus finally got something right! Not only thinking about yourself will do that for a person.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  24. aww he surprises me sometimes...and this time it was a good one

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  25. Yes, Doofy earned a Scooby snack from me.
    It's just NOT going to be smooth sailing from here, though, right?
    (cause that wouldn't be any fun *snicker*
    ;-D

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  26. Wow, his little Grinch heart grew a few more sizes....
    I wonder if the guy who spoke to Bella was another trailer?!?

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  27. Awww Edward had a sweet moment :) How cute! :) I can't wait to see how their little cottage stay goes :)

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  28. Thank god she only went to the bathroom. I'm glad they made it to Germany without being followed (btw no one checks passports anymore since the Schengen agreement in 1985). Now they finally have some time to take a deep breath and relax a bit. And they have an opportunity to get to know each other. I loved Edward's idea of dancing with Bella. That was sweet and very thoughtful - Scooby snack for him :-)

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  29. I was wondering about his call to Alice. lol

    Yay for (some) communication! :D Yup, she sees it as real, all right and is girl enough to want it to be real for him too. Maybe he'll draw her a bath next? Hmmm, seems to me she's expecting to get some too then. Wonder how poor Cluelessboy will handle that? Think the top of his head might blow off in shock? ;D

    Thanks!!

    (aka RosaBella75)

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  30. Aww Bella's tears and Edward asking her to dance with him! Such a sweet sweet scene :)

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  31. well they can't always be wrong right?

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  32. Well they are headed in the right direction. Let's just hope they do a little falling in Love! The German countryside can be romantic if the let it.

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  33. That's right boy. At least he did something right this time :)

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  34. Aww Doofy. Sofa king sweet of you. :)

    Yaaaaay for more tomorrow!

    TY!

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  35. Loved it very much and he is trying I give him that at least.....

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  36. that was sweet... see he is not such an idiot after all...

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  37. Aw, that ending was so sweet♥ I have faith in Edward, he seems to be getting things right more and more. I can't wait for their 'honeymoon'.

    I just want to ask for one thing. Could you keep those breaks between paragraphs? Or maybe indent the paragraph. It's harder for me to read it when it's this continuous text... do I even make sense? You wouldn't believe how many times I had to use google translate.

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  38. I wish this was Facebook so I could "like" Kathy's comment up there *snorts* blind squirrel and an acorn *snorts*

    I'm ringing the 'idiot bell' for Doofusward right now. *ding ding ding*! That's correct!

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  39. I 2nd Hitchy, Kathy was plumb funny. Poor Doofus will be called Blind Squirrel from here in. Working to get it right. At least he knows he's wrong. But really, dancing with no music? Bet his phone has an app...

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  40. Awww doofus...you're such a food boy. For once he has a great idea. *Kisses doofus on the cheek*

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  41. Awe, that was so sweet of him. And it's the least he could do. I'm surprised he thought of it actually. Good chapter. Thanks for the update.

    Stephanie

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  42. I am so glad I got the message for this site! I do not understand the pulling of this story on ff but, so glad you set this up... Loved this chapter so so sweet!

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  43. I can see the light bulbs going off in Edward's head. I think he made it special for Bella cause he came up with it on his own.

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  44. awwww that was so sweet of him. Im glad he pulled his head out of his ass. the German countryside though? very romantic...

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  45. I'm pretty proud of Doofus ! He's getting better and better everyday :)

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  46. Why the fuck did that dance make me all cry-y? I'm too emotional, but damn, I loved this chapter!

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  47. you are an amazing writer and ff don t know what they lose and I absolutley adore Edward he is so sweet and carefull ....<3<3<3i hope Bella would talk a little bit more but everything is great i think you and tby789 are best writer well you are little more ....pls don t stop write ....i hope you will publish a book ....and if you do i will happly read it..:)) stay great ( sry for my english I ts not my mother language DX)

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  48. Awwww..........he is trying.

    Keye

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  49. Aww. Sweet sweet murdering thug Edward. I love it. Emmett worrying about the toys. Poor Bella. It must suck to be attracted to a murdering dufus

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  50. Well, as the old song says: "Ich hab' mein Herz in Heidelberg verloren" (= I lost my heart in Heidelberg) :D

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  51. finally, he did something that was right. wonder if it is smart of them to be traveling under the name cullen. doesn't seem smart if they don't want to be found
    tff000

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  52. Sharon & Kathie's comment's perfect & hillarious.
    Great chapter

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  53. So she was in the bathroom!
    Love the end... he's trying.

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  54. I really like how despite all the action flying around them and suspense, the focus of the story is on E&B's relationship and interaction. You take us so many cliffies that we expect crazy, but then you deliver not-crazy and it's a surprise. Then you drop something normal and it seems crazy. This ride is awesome!

    Even though the story is about a guy and his sex slave, the truth of their emotional and physical relationship is closer to an akward teen romance.

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  55. Aaaww, even though he's a dork he's trying.

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  56. Despite his general ineptitude when it comes to dealing with people on a personal level, this Edward has such a genuine innocence in his approach to Bella, as if she's the only person that can mean something to him....His attempt at making her feel better about her situation by dancing with him was quite moving....

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  57. Bless heart... he is trying...

    Jane

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  58. I love the tentative tone of how these two are coming together. From a tap on his shoulder that nearly got Bella shot to learning little things about each other. Edward learns he is a glutton for all things anti-him and they both learn that neither of them can dance but are willing to try, and it is a moment as tragic and touching as any honeymoon story between strangers that I have read. Lovely.

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  59. That was actually nice and thoughtful. Hmmm what he take

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  60. awwww that was just soooo sweet i mean he doesn't even know how to dance and yet he asked her to dance with him then finding out that she doesn't know either!! that right there is just so beautiful! he really is learning or trying at least! especially when there's so much fuckedupness going on right now! wonderful chapter:)

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  61. ok the sweetness is starting to shine through...

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  62. ok the sweetness is starting to shine through...

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  63. That was actually nice and thoughtful. Hmmm what he take

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  64. Despite his general ineptitude when it comes to dealing with people on a personal level, this Edward has such a genuine innocence in his approach to Bella, as if she's the only person that can mean something to him....His attempt at making her feel better about her situation by dancing with him was quite moving....

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  65. So she was in the bathroom!
    Love the end... he's trying.

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  66. Awwww..........he is trying.

    Keye

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  67. I can see the light bulbs going off in Edward's head. I think he made it special for Bella cause he came up with it on his own.

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  68. Awww doofus...you're such a food boy. For once he has a great idea. *Kisses doofus on the cheek*

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  69. Aw, that ending was so sweet♥ I have faith in Edward, he seems to be getting things right more and more. I can't wait for their 'honeymoon'.

    I just want to ask for one thing. Could you keep those breaks between paragraphs? Or maybe indent the paragraph. It's harder for me to read it when it's this continuous text... do I even make sense? You wouldn't believe how many times I had to use google translate.

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  70. Was the guy who spoke to Bella Emmett's trailer?

    Emmett grabbed Aro's boat business? Right choice.

    LOL! Maybe he'll find a sailboat named The Twilight in Aro's holdings.

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  71. that was really sweet of him.

    thanks for the update. =)

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  72. maybe he deserves a scooby snack at least for his effort...Pam B.

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  73. Awww, he finally got it right :) I mean, he still has a long way to go but we know it's baby steps with him LOL

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  74. Good job, Edward! You did something right, apparently.

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  75. good doufus. *pats him on the head*

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  76. Wow. That wasn't half bad. I think he just might be getting better at this kind of thing.
    ~Jessi

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  77.  OME...............i love u DoucheWard!!!!!!!!!1 this was sooooooooooooooooo sweet..................i tink u desrve a bit ofa name change for this one!!!!! hw bout....tinks....tinks....tinks sum more.......awww crap, idk. I'll need more time 2 tink about this one 4 sure...........but ur gettin there #DoucheWard, that was a sweet idea!!!!! Ur efforts are almost half promising.......try bein consistent on dese stuff ok. altho i cant shake it dat u'll start tinkin wid da wrong head agen soon enuff, but i hav FAITH in ya.......i mean u've gotton this far right?!?!?!?

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  78. At least he's trying, give him a cookie.

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  79. Yeah, that makes a wedding night better. Good thing Emmett got the boat, Edward would just wreck it and leave it. He better not do that to Bella.  

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  80. Aw! I kind of want to pat him on the head and offer him a doggy treat for being such a good boy for the first time in his life!!

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  81. Awwww, he's doing so much better. To ask her to dance, and he doesn't even know how...just for her. 

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  82. He did get it right this time. So sweet.

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  83. Sweet Doffus, wanting to make it nice for his virgin bride.

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  84. All righty then!! Google is bring a right witch to me right now, but I can finally say WOWW! I know, kinda lame in the face of all this awesomeness! poor bella!

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