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By Kara Galloway

Chapter 1

WARNING: This story contains a Dark, Possessive Edward. He will soften and it will end in a 'Happily Ever After', but it's not going to happen in a few chapters, it's going to be a WIP.

Chapter – 1

"Good morning, Bella." Kate greeted me. She was smirking from the other side of the counter as I headed into the cafe where we worked. "Or should I say good afternoon?" She laughed.

"I'm not that late." I pouted as I shrugged off my jacket and tucked it behind the counter with my bag. "Whose idea was it to go out anyway?" I moaned as I stood back up, my head was spinning. I now remembered why I didn't do drinking, and why I hated hangovers. I held my hand to my head, it was throbbing. I hadn't tried to eat anything this morning as I knew anything that went down was only going to resurface. I had already been sick three times.

"Here," Kate said placing two pills in my hand. "Take these they will help with the headache. And if you feel sick, do us all a favour, and go to the toilet. I'm not cleaning that shit up." I didn't argue with her. I swallowed the pills hoping they would bring me instant relief.

I walked to the stockroom wondering if there was anything waiting to be shelved. It didn't look as if there had been any deliveries the past few days. There was nothing for me to do. I didn't understand why Irene hadn't given us the day off. I mean… who wants to read books and drink coffee on the first day of the New Year?

Obviously all these sad fucks, I thought as I made my way back into the café, eyeing all the customers at tables. I hadn't noticed how busy it was. I made my way back over to Kate, glaring at customers who were keeping me from my bed.

"So, are you gonna call him?" Kate asked, completely oblivious to my foul mood.

"Can't you see I'm dying here?" I moaned. I wasn't in the mood for one of her interrogations.

She rolled her eyes at me. "I think you should call him, he was cute."

I grabbed a duster from under the counter. "I'll be in the back, dusting, should you need me. Since there is nothing else to do in this hell hole," I said muttering to myself as I made my way over to the bookshelves. I hoped it would provide an escape from Kate's questions for as long as possible, and hopefully I'd be able to avoid a few customers too.

"Bella?" I heard Kate call out my name. I looked out from behind a shelf, she was bouncing towards me.

"Didn't you hear me call?" She asked as she stopped in front of me. I frowned at her; I had heard her, but I had been trying to avoid her endless questions about the mysterious man from last night. We only had forty five minutes left to work, and I was hoping we could both make it out of here alive.

She grabbed my hand and started pulling me towards the counter. "There was a delivery for you."

I examined the café as she pulled me along, there was only one customer left. Maybe we would get to close before one o'clock. I prayed to be reunited with my bed soon.

Kate stopped in front of the counter, fanning her hands in front of a basket of flowers. "Ta-da."

I looked at her with a blank stare. "They're for you dummy," she said grabbing the gift card from the front of the basket and shoving it in my face.

I quickly opened it, wondering who the hell would be sending me flowers.


I can't stop thinking about you.

Edward x

I tapped the card in my hand. Who the hell was Edward? I looked at Kate confused.

"I bet it's the guy from last night!" Kate squealed. "Do you remember his name?"

I shook my head. No, I didn't remember much about him. Nothing apart from his good looks, how his breath tasted of whiskey and mints. Oh, and the feeling I got every time he touched me.

"Did you tell him where you worked?" Kate asked gagging for more details.

"No." I whispered, still completely confused.

"Well, that's cute, I suppose… in a freaky stalker kinda way." Kate mumbled.

"You know, maybe he's been in the café before… maybe he recognised you." She screeched, suddenly getting excited again.

"Maybe." I said distantly.

"Excuse me." I glanced up to see muscular man standing at the counter beside us. "I'd like to settle my bill."

"Certainly, I'll just take you over at this till." I heard Kate say.

I stared over at the basket of flowers; they were beautiful and looked expensive. I was flattered. It was filled with white lilies and blue roses, which happened to be the same colour as the dress I was wearing last night. Was that on purpose? I couldn't help, but smile, even if it was sorta freaky that he knew I worked here, and I have no idea how he knew.

It felt nice to have an admirer.

"So, I heard you met a man?" Seth said as we left the café, he leaned against the window as I locked up.

"Yeah, you, and the rest of New York," I mumbled.

"Sorry what?" He said standing up straight and looking at me confused.

"Oh, no, it's nothing. Sorry." I said patting his arm. "I'm just fed up with Kate running her mouth. I don't think I've met anyone she hasn't told." I sighed.

"She's just excited."

"Too excited." I argued. I popped the keys in my bag and zipped it up. "I just wish she would let up. I haven't even decided what I'm going to do."

I bit my lip as I thought back over the past few days and the gifts Edward had sent me. On Wednesday, he had sent a basket of flowers, on Thursday he sent a fruit basket and on Friday he had sent me gift card for Barking Brown. I didn't even know where that was, but Carmen had stated it was a very generous gift, something she would be more than happy to receive.

He had put his number on the gift notes from Thursday and Friday, asking me to call him, I hadn't yet. I wasn't sure if I should. There was no gift today, and I wasn't sure if I was relieved or disappointed.

I mean… I couldn't stop thinking about him. He was incredibly handsome, and from the time I spent with him he took my breath away, but I didn't know a thing about him.

I just felt as if he was coming on too hot and heavy, far too soon. I had my studies to think about and work. Did I really have time to date?

"Earth to Bella?" Seth called, snapping me from my own thoughts.

"Sorry." I said linking my arm with his and walking down the street. "So, any big plans for tonight?" I asked Seth, hoping to change the topic of conversation.

"Nothing really, I have a friend coming over, we'll probably play the X-box." He shrugged.

"Oh, male or female?" I asked, teasing.

"Male." He said, giving me a playful shove.

We stopped when we reached the corner of the block, this was Seth's street.

"What about you, any plans for your Saturday night?"

"As a matter of fact I'm heading over to Maria's bar. I told the girls I would meet them there." I said rolling my eyes. "If they think they going to get me drunk again they have another thing coming. I'll go for an hour, and then I'm heading home to my sofa."

"Rebel," Seth said laughing.

I laughed with him, before pulling him in for a hug. "See you next Saturday."

"Bye Bella, have a good night." He said waving before he turned and walked around the corner.

I crossed the street and headed towards Maria's. I will not let them twist my arm. I'm going to show face and then go home, I repeated to myself over and over as if it that alone would give me conviction.

"Way-hey!" I heard the girls cry as soon as I walked into the bar. I blushed as all attention in the bar seemed to turn to me. I quickly headed to their table, slipping into a seat, wishing to that I could disappear.

Angela flashed me an apologetic smile. "They started drinking a little too early this afternoon." I glanced over at Kate and Carmen. I could tell that they had been at it most of the day.

I took off my jacket and hung it over the back of my chair as I kicked my bag under the table. I hadn't dressed for a night out on purpose. It would be one of my many excuses not to stay. I had on a pair of jeans and a plain blue sweater, and there was no way I was going clubbing in this.

"We need to get Bella, a drink." Kate declared, banging her fist on the table. "Waiter," she roared before I even had the chance to protest.

I slid down further in my chair. I was embarrassed by the attention our table was getting, yet again, from the rest of the bar. I think I was ready to head home now.

I could just tell it was going to be one of those nights.

"What can I get you?" A goofy looking, blonde boy asked as he came over to the table. He didn't even look old enough to be serving drinks.

"We'll have four shots of tequila-"

"-I'm not drinking." I protested. My hangover from Tuesday night was still very fresh in my mind.

"We'll have four shots of tequila." Kate said again as if I hadn't spoken. I didn't know why I bothered sometimes. "And four vodkas and coke, better make it diet." She hick-up'd.

I sighed. There was no way I was going home tonight. It would be delusional to think otherwise. I was going to have to watch these two and make sure they got home safe.

The waiter brought over our drinks, and Kate slid two towards me. "Kate, I'm really not-"

"-Hey, isn't that the guy from the club." Carmen said pointing towards the door.

I turned to see five guys walking through the door, one of definitely was the guy from the club. Edward was in the middle of the group, my breath hitch when I caught sight of him.

"Edward!" I heard Kate's voice roaring. I turned back to her to see her waving her arm franticly in the air.

No, please, just no. I wanted the ground to eat me up. I sunk into the chair, willing myself to disappear as I felt a heat flare in my cheeks. Why did she have to do that?

"Hey." I heard his voice from my side. I swallowed, slowly turning to see him standing over me.

He was just as breath taking as I remembered. He was dressed in a dark blue suit, with a crisp white shirt and blue tie. His hair was sitting in a beautiful mess, just begging for me to run my fingers through it. I had visions of me reaching up and grabbing hold of his hair, pulling his lips to mine.

"Hi." I whispered, feeling myself flush even hotter. I was thankful he couldn't read my mind.

"Can I get you a drink?" He asked, flashing me the most amazing smile.

"I'm not actually-"

"She'll take a vodka and cola, we all will." Kate said, tilting an empty glass towards him. She looked rather pleased with herself.

Edward looked at me; he was waiting for me to confirm that was what I wanted.

I nodded. It would give me time to get a hold of myself. I fanned myself with a beer mat as he walked away.

I glared at Kate the moment he left. "You shouldn't have done that."

"I have no idea what you're talking about." She said shrugging her shoulders. Carmen and her giggled to themselves.

"Did you see the body builder?" Carmen said knocking her elbow into Kate's side. "Grrr!"

I rolled my eyes, they were hopeless. I looked over at Angela and was glad to see she looked as uncomfortable as I did.

"Your drinks ladies." Edward said walking back up to the table, holding a tray in his hands.

Kate hooted at him. She was getting out of control.

"Would you care to join us in the VIP lounge?" He asked all of us, keeping his hands on the tray. I looked up to see his eyes were rested on me.

"VIP!" Kate and Carmen squealed, jumping up from their chairs and grabbing their coats. I guess that was it settled then.

I got up and grabbed my things and I started to follow Edward. I stopped when I felt a pull on my arm.

"I have a lot of studying to do, I'm just gonna go." Angela said, before mouthing sorry at me.

"No!" I moaned. I tried to grab her arm, but missed. I watched as she walked out the bar. Damn her!

"Oh, Bella!" I heard Carmen cry. I turned around just in time to see her snatch my wrist and drag me through the bar towards the back wall. She pulled me down the corridor, which lead us into a big room.

The four men that had entered with Edward were sitting around two tables. I shook my head when I saw Kate was already sitting on one of their knees. It was a slim man, with long, wavy brown hair; he had his arm around her waist. They were sucking the face off each other. That was so typically Kate.

Edward patted the empty seat beside him; his eyes were locked on me.

I hesitated before I went over and took the seat next to him. I offered him a small smile as I sat down.

Carmen took the seat beside me and started flirting with one of the guys across the table. She wasn't one for wasting time either.

Just what had I gotten myself in for tonight? I just knew these two were going to hook up and leave me alone, and I certainly didn't want to have a one night stand with Edward. I didn't do one night stands.

"So, you didn't call?" Edward said handing me a drink. He had a mischievous smile on his face.

I caught the scent of his breath as he leaned in a little. It smelled of whiskey and mints, just like I remembered. It was so intoxicating. I don't think I could ever get enough of it.

"I…er…I was going to." I stuttered feeling stuck for words. I felt my cheeks start to burn.

"Didn't you like my gifts?" He chuckled a little. "Maybe I'll need to buy you something more expensive."

"No, no." I jumped in quickly, holding my hands up to stop him right there. "Your gifts were lovely. Thank you, very much for them, but please don't buy me anymore."

"She doesn't like people spending money on her." Carmen chirped in from my side.

I glared at her.

"What a curious creature you are Bella Swan. I've never met a woman who didn't enjoy getting ravished in gifts. I cannot wait to get to know you better." He smirked before taking a swig of his whiskey.

And I couldn't wait to get to know him better.

I was hypnotised by his charm.

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