The Forbidden Man

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Chapter 21

I heard footsteps coming up the stairs making a smile appear on my face, knowing who it is. I looked away from the mirror and watched as Caleb entered my room. "Belle, I've been calling your name like ten times!" He groaned a fork in his hold as he waved it around like a he was a fifty-year-old woman, the thought of it made me chuckle as I stared at him.

Looking up and down at him, I realized he had only a pair of grey shorts on, the images of the early hours of today appearing in my head causing my lips to go dry as my cheeks started heating up in a blush. I licking my lower lip and trailed my eyes up to his face, only to find out the smirk that was attached to his face. "Like what you see, baby?" He smirked making my blush grow stronger as I placed my brush down on the desk and walked towards him.

"Yes, very much." I grinned and stood on my toes as I placed a kiss against his lips. He chuckled and wrapped his arm around my waist and deepened the kiss. "Caleb, your pancakes are burning." I pulled away and watched as his eyes widened in horror.

"Fuck!" He groaned and ran out of the room. I laughed as I followed behind him. Before I could make it out of the door, my phone started ringing. I walked towards my desk and stared at the screen.

"Hello-" I was cut off with a scream from my crazy best friend. I chuckled and waited till she calmed down and moved the phone away from my ear.

"I got in, I got in!" Jesse screamed after a minute of freaking out. I rolled my eyes the smile never leaving my face.

"I don't know what you're talking about, I don't know what you're talking about!" I teased back making her quiet down, knowing she was probably rolling her eyes, I laughed and decided to ask what the hell she was talking about. "What's going on?" I asked as I walked out of the room and made my way down the stairs.

"Anna, I got into MUAS!" She exclaimed causing me to stop in the middle of the stairs. Holly shit! Ever since I have known Jesse she has wanted to be a Fashion Designer. Before we graduated from high school, all she ever talked about was, MUAS or better known as Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, when she sent her application she had almost fainted in the process. Now, hearing that she had gotten in I don't know how to explain how proud I was of her.

"Jesse, that's amazing! Congratulations!" I screamed as I started jumping up and down from excitement.

"I know!" She shouted back, making me laugh. "How about you, have you heard anything from them?" She questioned making me bite down on my lip.

"I don't know, I'm going to check the mailbox. Can I call you back?" I questioned my mood worsening with each passing second. How could I have forgotten about college? A college that was more than 1000 miles away.

Nervously I made my way to the front door as I tried to calm myself. There's no way I got in. I don't even know why I applied. Well, I do know why I applied. My dad lived in Washington and at that time I really needed a reason to go stay with him. But then Caleb happened. So now I didn't know how he'd react.

But does it matter how he reacts? I don't know.

I opened the door to the mailbox and stared at the envelopes. Taking them out of the box, I put my phone in my back pocket and started looking through the letters.

When my eyes caught sight of a large envelope with the logo of UW a large smile appeared on my face. Placing the rest of the mail on the table under the rack of our jackets, I quickly opened the one that was in my hold. This is it, this little shit is going to tell me where I was for the next four years.

Either studying in a college or panicking about a new plan for the future. I took a deep breath and pulled the letters out. "Dear miss Scott. On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students of UW, we are excited to announce and welcome you into our university-" I read out loud as a scream broke out of my throat when I saw the last sentence. I squealed and start jumping up and down in excitement. As I ran towards the kitchen.

I looked up at Caleb when I bumped into him and smiled as I waved the letter in front of his face. He laughed and placed a hand on my shoulder calming me down as he grabbed the letter out of my hold with his other hand. His eyes scan the letter before they widened in happiness. "Fuck, darling you don't know how proud of you I am!" He shouted and pulled me in for a hug as I wrapped my arms around his shoulders and my legs around his waist.

"I know, I know!" I giggled as he spun us around. Pulling him even closer, I let all my excitement show as I held onto him, like my life's depending on it.

"Okay, now you can let me go, Belle. I can't breathe." He panted after awhile. I bite down on my lip and loosened my hold on him.

"Sorry." I apologized making him chuckle.

"No need, for apologies. Now breakfast is ready. Let's eat, I'm starving." He groaned and rubbed his stomach as I shook my head. Caleb eats like a bear, but he still somehow managed to stay in shape. Oh, who am I kidding? He was always working out in the basement. I'm glad the working out is showing its job.

I followed behind him, my eyes widening in hunger when I saw the delicious looking breakfast on the table. My mouth watered at the sight as I pushed past Caleb and took a seat around the table. I looked up when he cleared his throat. He stood a few feet away from the table glaring at me. "What?" I questioned with a shrug.

"No running." He scolded making me roll my eyes.

"Yes, daddy." I empathized the word as I sat on the chair. He rolled his eyes and sat opposite of me. I started eating the bacon and eggs as my eyes closed in pure bliss.

"Your mother and I broke up." He suddenly blurted out the words, making me choke on the food. I started coughing making him stand up in alarm as he made his way towards me and rubbed my back.

"I-I'm fine." I managed to stutter out as I tried to move his hand away. I cleared my throat as I leaned over and grabbed the glass filled with orange juice. I drank it, as I wiped the tears that had fallen from my eyes. "Oh, god. I felt like I was about to die." My voice was still croaky from the coughing, while my throat still burned making it hard to speak.

"Are you okay?" He asked and pulled out the chair, sitting beside me. I wordlessly nodded, as fear made its presence known. What will happen now?

"I'm sorry," I sighed and turned towards him. "You broke up with my mom?" I asked as I tried not to let panic overtake me. He, broke up with her? I should be happy, I should be overjoyed and glad that we could finally be together. Maybe this meant that he did have real feelings for me. That we finally had the chance to be completely together.

But I couldn't help but fear the new information. I've never had a serious relationship. When Trevor and I dated, it's was anything but an adult relationship. We were only 17 and although I shouldn't admit it. I was a child, I acted like a child, getting jealous over the smallest thing. Heck, I used to get jealous of his sister. Which now thinking about it seems pathetic. But I couldn't help it then, I was insecure, young, and stupid.

But starting a committed relationship with Caleb was way out of my league. He was 32, I'm sure our perspective of relationship is totally different. I didn't know what he'd expect of me. "Caleb, I don't know what to say." I bite my lip as I stared at him. There was no trace of sadness. It's like he didn't even care.

"There's nothing to say, baby." He cupped my cheeks and leaned closer pecking my lips. "All you need to know is that we can be together without having to hide our feelings." He smiled down at me.

My eyes slightly widened as I froze in place. Feelings? He has feelings for me? Our feelings? My breath shuddered as I tried to get words out. "F-Feelings?" I stutter needing the words to come out of his mouth.

"Yes," He stared at me, as a blush covered my cheeks. "Why do you sound so surprised?" He chuckled and pulled me closer, kissing my cheeks in a soft manner, I closed my eyes as my heart raced in my chest. This was truly happening.

Once he pulled away, I was ready to tell him how I truly felt but the ringing of the bell, made me frown as I thought who it could be this early at the door. "Let me check that out." I sighed and stood up as I made my way to the front door.

The smile that had graced my face ever since Caleb shared his news with me, instantly left once I opened the door and saw who it was. "D-Dad?"

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