I'm just going to link the post at twilighted for you guys. Sorry for being lazy, but I'm falling asleep as I type.
LINK TO CHAPTER 15 TEASER.
Thank you so much for all the wonderful reviews!
EDIT: It didn't occur to me people wouldn't be registered at twilighted. (That place is win.) Anyway, for those of you who aren't registered, here's the teaser I posted over there.
So, I'm totally floored at the responses for the last chapter. It took a lot out of me to write Bella's admission to Angela about the last seven years without Edward. I'm touched that so many people were moved by that scene. I'm also glad people enjoyed the other parts of the chapter too. (It was a lot of fun writing Emmett in the baby store.) And I didn't think the whole texting thing would be a big deal. (Edward wouldn't really be familiar with texting symbols b/c he hasn't had anyone to text with romantically before.)
To reciprocate all the love you guys have shown me, here's a teaser for chapter 15. Please keep in mind it's totally un-beta'd and still in the revision stages. But I figure you guys are willing to overlook any mistakes to get a peek at the next chapter.
The context: Two days have passed. Bella had been wrapped up in finals and has returned home. She's had a talk with Emmett and is getting together with Alice for some wedding errands. Bella's been assured that Edward is not at the house and that he's with Jasper running other wedding errands. She goes over to their house, believing she can 'escape' seeing Edward a little longer, but of course that doesn't happen.
From chapter 15:
There was another lull in the conversation, but this time, they looked at each other and couldn't help smiling.
Edward said, “I know I told you that I'd give you space and. . . well, I hope you don't think I manipulated the situation so that-”
“No, of course not. I don't think that.” She hesitated before she said, “This is a nice surprise.”
His eyes widened slightly. “So, you're not upset?”
She shook her head. “I mean, I was actually a little nervous about the first time I'd get to see you since. . .” She took in a deep breath. “But, it's been nice.”
He took a step forward. “Nice?”
Bella felt her heart skip a beat. “I'm happy I got to see you.”
A small smile began to spread across his lips. Before he could say anything, Jasper and Alice descended the stairs.
“It'll be fine, Alice. It'll work out.”
“Alice, don't worry about it. I'll take care of it.”
“But how? We've got that dinner to go to tonight.”
Edward cut in and explained that Bella mentioned that Emmett should be free this evening and could help.
Alice's features relaxed. “Really?”
“Okay.” Alice held up a clipboard and took a highlighter off of it and crossed something off.
Bella couldn't help smiling.
“We better get going.” Alice kissed Jasper on the cheek. “I'll see you later.” Then she was out the door before he could respond.
Jasper chuckled. “I'll be so glad once the wedding is done.”
Bella followed Alice. “It was nice seeing you guys.” She walked down the steps of the porch, but when she glanced back at the door, she was surprised to see Edward standing there. He looked at her with an expression of uncertainty.
She called out to Alice that she'd be there in a minute. Alice waved and got in the car to wait for Bella.
She climbed back up the stairs and stood in front of Edward.
He looked at her with a surprised expression. “Bella?”
She tucked a strand of hair behind her ear. “I. . . I'm not sure. . .” She licked her lips and took a step forward. She wanted to assure him in some way that she still cared for him, but she wasn't sure how to say it.
She tried again. “Edward.” She was starting to lose confidence. Nothing sounded right in her head. Alice beeped her horn which jolted Bella out of her thoughts.
She leaned forward near Edward's ear and whispered, “I missed you.” Then she breathed a kiss right below his ear on his neck and turned and hurried to Alice's car.
If she had looked back, she would've seen a very stunned Edward still standing at the door.
To Be Continued. . .
So that was how their first meeting went.
And, yes, there will be more E/B moments later in this chapter.
And the song for this chapter is "Untouched" by The Veronicas.