Meet the Parents
A/N: Thank you all for reading and reviewing this story. So sorry for not updating sooner, but been having fits of 'not wanting to write' and also a tad of writers block on how to start off this chapter. Also, please know I don't go by any list, I write as I go and write what comes to me.
Now here is the chapter! Enjoy!
Previously on Paralyzed
I was almost, almost, annoyed with how Edward announced something so personal to the public without talking to me about it first, but then I started to think about it and couldn't be more enamored with him. Plus, I took great pleasure in the fact that this turn of events really seemed to annoy Tanya to no end.
I guess I couldn't ever say that Edward didn't have true feelings for me anymore.
I seriously love that man of mine.
"It was just yesterday that Mr. Edward Cullen, quarterback for Pittsburgh, had a woman for each day of the week, and now he went and announced to the entire stadium that he was in a monogamous relationship with one Bella swan. It has come to my knowledge that Bella Swan is the younger sister of Emmett Swan. I for one find that interesting, if a well-established self-proclaimed playboy were dating my sister I would be plenty worried."
Are you kidding me? They think that Edward's halftime video was nothing more than a play for the cameras? Well, they didn't know the real Edward then, because as far as I know his womanizing days were far behind him, and he wasn't about to slip up and be caught with a hooker in a sleazy hotel room like some of the other pro athletes.
Not to mention Edward told me that his whole 'womanizing' persona was nothing more than just a show for the cameras. Plus it's true what they say, "don't believe anything you're told, and only half of what you hear." It was strange to me that the media couldn't get enough of Edward. I mean I know he's an amazing football player, but it was like Pittsburgh couldn't get enough of him.
I slowly made my way to the front door to get the morning paper. Just as I was about to open the door Alice stopped me. "I wouldn't do that if I were you, everyone from TMZ to Joe Schmo wants to get a good look at the woman who stole Edward Cullen's heart." She as she tried her hardest to remain stone faced; when it was blatantly obvious that she wanted to bust out laughing. I rolled my eyes, ignoring Alice's warning, and continued my way to the front door when there was a knock on the door.
"Are Zane and Trevor coming over today?" I ask as I point to the door. Alice shakes her head violently. Rosalie was off doing some sort of modeling job in New York this week, and the boys were off at practice. Ok, so for some unknown reason I couldn't shake the feeling that it could be a mass murderer, or some burglar just itching at the chance to storm his way in. I glanced back at Alice and took a deep breath and peeked out the window next to the door and saw a man and woman, dressed rather nicely, waiting patiently for the door opened.
"Who is it?""Uh, well it's a man and woman," I peeked out again to give a better description of what they looked like. "and they seem to be dressed rather nice, like something – "
I was cut off by Alice squealing and racing past me to rip the door open. She all but leaped into the man's and hugged him tight.
"Dad, mom, what are you two doing here? I thought you two would be busy backpacking around Europe. Does Edward know you're back in town?" Alice said practically at a mile a minute. It was like she hadn't seen her parents in months.
Then all at once a pang of sadness overcame me. Charlie. It was strange that it had almost been an entire year since he passed. Of course, just as I think I've managed to come to terms with my dad gone, something so trivial comes up and I'm a hot mess.
"Mom, dad, this is Bella, Edward's –"
"We know, that's why we cut our trip short. We were halfway through Paris, and your mother was enjoying all the Parisian stores when we got a text from Simon back at home."
Simon? Who was he? Was he their butler?
"Simon is mom's personal assistant. She has her own Interior Design company, and dad, Dr. Cullen, is a cardiologist specializing in Pediatrics over at UPMC."
"UPMC...?" What did that mean? I may have been living in Pittsburgh for almost a year, but I still getting all the different hospitals and other buildings straight.
"What Alice is trying to say is that I'm a doctor specializing in Pediatric Cardiology over at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. And please, call me Carlisle." He said as he held out his hand for me to shake. Once I managed to get a good balance with my crutches I shook his hand. I couldn't help but see the family resemblance; Edward looked so much like his dad it wasn't even funny. Alice, looked like Carlisle as well, but she had her mother's hair and eye color the more I looked at them both.
"Oh, well that makes a lot more sense now. It's nice to meet you both." I smile to both of them. I was just about to introduce myself formally to Alice's mom when she teasingly shoved Carlisle and stepped forward and introduced herself as Esme. I just smiled and held out my hand for her to take, but she bypassed that and encased me in the most genuine embrace that I think I've ever had. I felt loved, and protected in her arms. I knew that I wasn't technically family to these people, but Esme was sure to make me feel otherwise.
"So Bella, tell us about yourself. We want to get to know the woman that Edward seems to have fallen head over heels in love with." Carlisle says as he takes a seat in a nearby chair. I glance at Alice for reassurance, but all I got was a shrug and a confused look from her. Way to be helpful Alice. I sighed and tentatively start to give them the cliff notes version of my life. It was somewhat odd telling complete strangers about my life. I mean I know that they aren't exactly strangers. I'm not really the type of person to open up to just anyone, but then Edward's parents made me feel like I was part of their family. It was a bit foreign to me, but I liked the feeling I got being around Carlisle and Esme.
"Well, it seems that you've come a very long way from where you started out seeing as how you're pretty close to walking on your own. I'm also sorry to hear about your father passing as well." Esme said and reached over to pat my hand comfortingly. I sighed and managed to give a half smile at her.
"Ok, well now enough of the past, let's say we take you girls out to eat for lunch, and maybe after that we can go see my son's practice if we have any leftover time. Do you know how long his practice is today?"
I had no clue. The last thing Edward told me concerning his practices was that he wished they were shorter than they already were. So I wasn't going to be any help right now.
"I think I remember Edward saying that it was one of their longer practices today; something to do with having to play the patriots in their next home game or some other big name team."
"Perfect, that means we have plenty of time to go out for a bite to eat then go and watch Edward and his friends prepare for the big game. Come on Alice, Bella, let's go eat out at that new restaurant I've heard some good things about." Carlisle said as he stood up and offered his hand to help me get up from the chair. I kindly brushed it off and explained that it was part of my physical therapy to be able to get up and around on my own no matter the situation.
Carlisle just nodded and agreed to it, and thought that my physical therapist, Rick, seemed like a very interesting guy. Not sure what he meant by that but decided not to dwell on it and slowly got myself up and staggered down the front steps of the house and I know for a fact that I seriously said the words, "Oh my god…" It was one of the times where you think you say it to yourself, when in reality you blab it to the entire world around you. The only reason I knew I had accidentally said these words out loud were that Carlisle started chuckling as he quickly walked past me and opened the back-right passenger door for me. I shouldn't be surprised that Carlisle was able to afford such a luxurious car, but Edward had his Volvo, but Carlisle had a much sleeker looking car, and after getting a good look at the emblem on the trunk I could tell that it was an Audi. I didn't know much about cars, but I knew enough to know that Audi is freaking expensive.
Once we all got in the car we headed towards the restaurant. Alice had asked where he was taking us for lunch, and informed us that he was taking us to a place that he had heard a lot of people praising. I was just about to ask what the name was when I saw it as we pulled up in front. Girasole, I wasn't sure what type of restaurant it was, but I also have heard people talking about it around town and I was glad that I was finally able to get a chance to try it. Carlisle and Esme wouldn't accept my attempts as offering to pay for my own meal. When our waitress came to our table she took our drink orders. I just had a glass of water, but Carlisle seemed that it was a perfect time of day to try some of their wine. Oddly enough you could buy either a bottle or a glass of wine. Carlisle just ordered a glass of wine. When our drink order was taken care of we all started making small talk. Esme asked what was new with her, and how she was doing.
Our drinks finally came back and we immediately decided to order our food. I ordered the Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli, while Carlisle and Alice ordered their featured meat of the day, and Esme ordered a caesar salad.
"So, Bella, you gave us a brief look into your life, but if you don't mind we would like to get to know you better. Tell us what your interests are." Esme said with an affectionate smile. I let out a long sigh and started to try and think of what I could say that I hadn't already said.
"Well, I like to read books, mainly the classics, like Wuthering Heights, and I listening to all kinds of music. Um, I don't have a job right now as you can guess why, and I love animals. I also plan to maybe one day go to college and become a certified Veterinary Technician."
That last part was what I wanted to do, but I wasn't quite sure how that would work seeing as how I can hardly walk around without help.
"Wow, that's very interesting Bella, and I imagine you will do brilliantly in getting your degree for Veterinary Medicine. I can see why Edward and you get along so well. I mean, we've heard a lot about you, but it's refreshing to actually put a face with all the things we've heard."
Carlisle spoke after taking a sip from his glass. I could feel my cheeks start to flush; I had no idea that Edward talked about me to his parents. That never came up between us at all; it was a complete shock to me.
"Judging by your expression I take it that Edward never mentioned any of this to me; that he talked to us about you on a regular basis for the past couple of weeks?"
I just shook my head no at Carlisle. I was just taken aback at this revelation. I had not even thought about this. I mean I knew that Edward and Alice have a close relationship with their parents, but it never occurred to me that he spoke to them about me. It kind of was sweet that he did. I guess you could say that I was naïve about the whole thing, but it just never really occurred to me until right at that very second.
"Um no, Edward never told me that he spoke to you both about me, I assume that it was all good of course?" I say as I laugh a bit nervously.
When we all finished our lunch we, meaning Carlisle, left a tip for our waitress and we headed on to the practice gym to catch the last hour or so of practice. Normally the practices weren't open to the public, but Carlisle seemingly knew the general manager and the coach personally that we weren't turned away and were escorted to seats down by the field.
I caught Edward glancing our way, a mixture of confusion and amazement shown on his face as he saw me sitting with Alice and his parents. I just smiled right back at him and waved, and then out of nowhere Edward was tackled hard. Carlisle and Esme stood up real quick to get a better look, but slowly sat back down when they saw him slowly get back up.
"That's what happens when you lose focus Cullen, get your damn head in the game! Don't give the defense any opportunity to sack you or make you fumble the ball!" The coach hollered at him. Immediately I started feeling guilty, thinking that it was my fault but that feeling quickly left my thoughts. I hated how I almost always assume it's my fault for things that happen to those I love and care about, but that may have to do with my fragile self-esteem. I will admit that it was getting better, and that Edward was to thank for it.
The whistle blew long and loud signaling that it was obviously time for a short water break, and that the players could get a drink of water. Edward, Jasper, and Emmett all bypassed that choice and slowly jogged over to me, Alice and her parents.
"Since when do they let people off the streets come in and watch our practices?" Emmett teased with a wink.
"Yeah, who knows maybe Belichick is back to his old ways and sending in spies to watch our practices and record them." Jasper said as he tried his hardest to keep a straight face.
This caused all of us to crack up laughing.
"Ok, enough you two, I think we can safely say that Belichick isn't stupid enough to try to spy again." Edward said with that damned crooked grin.
"Yeah, wasn't that some sort of news story a few years back? I mean, how stupid can the guy be?" Emmett said as he took a big swig from his water bottle.
"So mom, dad, I thought you two were still on your European vacation, but I can plainly see that you both are no longer there, why did you decide to come home early?" Edward said as he was slowly getting his breath back. I could see that he winced when he let out a long sigh and favored his left side. I could only presume that he had bruised a few of his ribs when he was tackled.
"Well is that any way to greet your mom and dad Edward Anthony Cullen?" Esme scolded lightheartedly. This earned her an apology from Edward and a small peck on the cheek. "That's better, now will you be home for dinner or does Coach Tomlin plan on running you all into the ground today?" she asked playfully. But I couldn't help but notice that Jasper and Emmett wouldn't be surprised if the coach would run them well past their breaking points.
"Don't worry mom, I'll be over for dinner, and I imagine it's ok if Bella comes with me for dinner?" Edward asked as he looked at me with loving eyes. Again, I felt my cheeks start to flush and I just nodded my head. Of course I had to assume that he brought Tanya and his previous girlfriends to dinner to formally meet his parents.
As if she were reading my mind Alice, who I had forgotten until this very moment was sitting right next to me, leaned over and whispered in my ear, "You're the first girl he's ever been proud to bring home to have dinner with our parents." She said trying her hardest not to start squealing.
Edward closed the gap between me and him, not letting the barrier between the stands and the football field deter him and planted a smoldering kiss square on my lips. I managed to return the kiss and he whispered, "I have something important to ask you when practice is over. Oh, and don't worry, I already told Emmett and he promised me that he will keep the secret no matter what ok?" He said with a playful wink. I had no idea what crazy plan he come up with or what he was planning, but I was sure of one thing, and that was I was so head-over-heels in love with the man I would just about agree to whatever it was that he had to ask me.
Later That Night
"Edward, why won't you tell me where we're going, we've been driving around for hours" I complained. I hated being whiney, but this was just frustrating. Ever since the team's practice was cut short he had gone to several different places to do what he called "errands" but something told me he was just buying time for something. What that something was, I had no clue, and I wasn't going to find out anytime soon with Edward being so tight lipped.
As he was making another turn down some street I didn't know the name to his cell phone started to ring in the cup holder.
"Can you get that? I've got to keep my eye on the road, there's a lot of construction going on right now." I looked around and saw that there was just one area coned off, and that was just to warn people of the pothole that was going to soon be fixed.
Ok, he is seriously up to something.
I let out a sigh in exasperation and picked up the phone. The caller ID read DAD and accepted the call and put it to my ear.
"Edward?" Carlisle said in a hoarse voice. Had he been coughing? He started coughing and finally cleared his throat to get his voice back to normal.
"No, this is Bella, is everything ok? You sound sick; do you still want us to come over?" I silently groaned when I realized that my voice sounded a bit more excited than I had intended.
"No, turns out that Esme accidentally burned the roast she had planned to serve for dinner. We are apparently not yet readjusted to our kitchen, so we decided to go out to eat for our dinner. Tell Edward to meet us at Le Mont. Also tell him we just called to make a reservation and that they had a last minute opening and could fit us in. It's under the last name Cullen." Carlisle said before hanging up. I could hear him starting his coughing fit again, now knowing that it was probably from all the smoke the oven had made.
"So what did my dad want? Sorry, I heard his voice through the phone, so I knew it was him."
"Oh, um well, it turns out your mom accidentally burned dinner and not to worry he had made reservations at some restaurant called 'Le Mont' under the name Cullen." Edward nodded his head as he looked out the window for a street sign to tell him where he was.
"Well, then looks like I need to make a U-turn somewhere soon because Le Mont is in the complete opposite direction."
I knew it, this had to of been a setup, I mean, I knew I was a bit too dressed up to have dinner with his parents. Alice had helped me get dressed. She put me in a periwinkle knee length dress with a V-neck with the straps just off the shoulders. Alice originally wanted me to wear my hair up, but I managed to win the battle and agreed to at least let her style my hair the way she wanted.
"I knew it! I knew it! Edward tell me the truth right now!" I demanded. I saw his eyes bug out when he heard how angry I was.
"T-Tell you what Bella?" Edward was actually nervous, that kind of took me aback. I didn't give in, I insisted that he tell me the truth in whether or not he and his parents planned to go out to eat this whole time, and that they tricked me thinking that I would back out otherwise. I knew that it was an outrageous accusation, but you never knew with Edward. I loved him to death but sometimes he had a tendency to do what he thought was best for you without even asking.
Almost immediately Edward let out a long sigh and nodded his head.
I just sighed and rolled my eyes. I told him that I wasn't a child and that I would have been just fine with the change of plans at the last minute.
"Your dad was very convincing. I really did think he was sick, did he ever consider acting?"
"No, he's always had a passion for helping people, but he has gotten mistaken for that actor, Peter Facinelli. You know that dude who played the vampire dad in the movie based on those books?" I thought about it for a second, and I could see why some people thought he looked like that actor. He did look a lot like him, but Carlisle was much more handsome.
We finally arrived and the man standing at the podium started over, but Edward quickly got out and shooed them away, and made the excuse that he wanted to do the honor. I reached back and grabbed my crutches from the back seat and gingerly made my way out of the car. I was actually starting to be able to bend my knees a bit more, and I almost wanted to tell Edward I wanted to try and walk without the crutches, but decided against it. Edward must've sensed something was the matter and leaned close to my ear and softly asked if I was alright. I nodded and whispered that I wanted to try to walk without my crutches but that I had decided against it.
"Well then let's try this, let's just use one crutch and leave the other in my car. You can lean on me all you want Bella." Edward said as he started to smile. I decided that I would try his idea and let Edward hold onto my arm and turn around to put one of my crutches in the car. We finally made it to the valet podium and Edward handed his keys off to the man and warned that there better not be any scratches on his baby. We just laughed and headed on inside. The maître d greeted us and asked us if we had a reservation. Edward proceeded to tell them that we did and that it was under the name Cullen. This caused the man, who seemed to be in his mid to late forties, perk up and immediately escorted us to the table. As we carefully made our way to our table I noticed that everyone was dressed in what looked to be business casual.
I take it this place has a dress code of some kind.
When we arrived to our seat I couldn't believe what a beautiful view we had. You could see the Pittsburgh skyline from this table, also Carlisle and Esme had arrived sometime before we did as they appeared to each be nursing a glass of wine. Collin, our maître d, pulled out my seat for me and I gently sat down in my chair and he scooted my chair to the table. I gladly took a drink from the glass of water in front of me.
"I can't get over the view of the city from here, it is amazing. I can see why you wanted to eat here tonight." I felt like Cinderella right now. I was a fish out of water, I mean; everyone in the restaurant ordered their food without even taking a second glance at the price on the menu.
"I know isn't it breathtaking. Now Bella, I want you to know that money is no issue you order whatever you like tonight is a special night." I just blushed and nodded to Carlisle. I couldn't help but giggle to myself, Edward seemed extra jumpy tonight, and it was like he couldn't sit still. Our 'captain', I guess 'waiter' isn't classy enough, came to our table and took our order. After glancing at the menu I decided to go with the Chilean Sea Bass. But I couldn't believe that it was nearly forty dollars, but it sounded delicious so I decided to give it a try.
The food could've been better, but I couldn't take my eyes off the view. When all of us were finished our 'captain' explained that if we wanted to we could go to the lounge if we weren't ready to go home just yet.
"I think we'll take you up on that Jonathan. Could you point us in the right direction?" Jonathan, our glorified waiter, told us where exactly to go and we made our way to the bar. I was shocked to see Alice, Jasper, Emmett, and even Rosalie, all sitting at the bar together talking softly to one another. Why didn't Edward mention that they would be joining us? That and a million other questions started to swirl around in my head.
"Hey guys, how was the dinner? Did it live up to the hype?" Alice said with all smiles. I told her that the food was ok, but that it was a bit overpriced in my opinion.
"I can't believe the prices they charge here, but then I guess tonight's just a special night." Jasper said with a playful grin. Strange, that's almost exactly what Carlisle had said earlier. Just then Alice elbowed him hard in the gut.
I glanced at Edward, and I could see that he was nervous right now.
"Ok, seriously what's going on here? Is there something you guys aren't telling me? I was starting to get angry, which says a lot actually because I'm usually a very calm person.
Edward didn't say a word he just helped me sit down in the bar chair, and the proceeded to get down on one knee and pull out a small black velvet box and opened it. Inside was a ring that could put some of the celebrities' engagement rings to shame. It was breathtakingly beautiful. I couldn't find my voice, heck; I couldn't even find the right words to say.
Oh. My. God. Was he going to propose!? If he is does propose what should I say?
"Isabella Marie Swan, I know that we haven't been together for very long, in fact, it's been almost four months total, but it feels like so much more. I've never felt this way about anyone else Bella. I know that you're the woman that was meant for me, you keep me grounded, and I definitely know that I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you do me the honor of marrying me?"
I about fell over in my chair. There weren't very many people in the lounge besides us, but the few that was in here, including the staff, were looking on with intrigue.
Could I marry Edward? I mean I knew for sure that I was, and would forever be, in love with him. But did that mean I should marry him? I mean he's one of the few guys I know that sees me, me, not my paralysis.
The more I thought about it the more I was sure of what my response would be, and as if that wasn't enough pressure Edward slid the ring onto my finger. I couldn't believe how beautiful it was; the diamond could have its own gravitational pull it was so big.
"So Bella, what do you say? Will you marry me?" Edward asked nervously. I could see it in his eyes; he was nervous I would turn him down and make him look like a fool.
"YYEEESSS! She says yes!" Alice squealed causing everyone to chuckle at her. I started to laugh too as tears of happiness filled my eyes. Yes, it hadn't been very long, but I knew for sure that this was the man I could spend the rest of my life with.
"Yes, yes Edward Anthony Cullen, I will marry you!" I laughed as tears started pouring down my cheeks. I was caught off guard when Edward quickly stood up and embraced me and kissed me with so much passion and fever that I about passed out. I seriously loved this man, and it wasn't until just now that I was definitely sure that I could, and will, marry this wonderful man that was now all mine.
I was told later that the whole lounge erupted into a furious applause, but I was unaware of anything other than Edward, and his talented lips entangled with mine.
I was going to be Mrs. Edward Cullen, and I couldn't be any happier!
A/N: So what did you think?
She said yes! I know to some it may seem a bit too sudden, but people have gotten engaged a lot sooner than Edward and Bella did.
Also, what Bella thought of the restaurant (Le Mont) was purely from Google reviews I found when I looked it up. I don't live in Pittsburgh; I live in a completely different state. Also, views on coach Tomlin are complete fiction I have no idea what kind of coach his is. As for Belichick I just don't like the Patriots (sorry if you are a fan) and I don't like Belichick.
Next chapter is the Epilogue! Please review and share your thoughts! (If flames please be nice!)
I can't believe that this story is almost over!