Wednesday, July 30, 2014

At the Deep End - Chapter 16


I directed Jasper to a seat at the bar, squeezing his shoulder before taking the one next to him. I watched as he took in the surroundings. I followed his gaze, wondering what he thought of the set up my parents have. They have a state of the art outdoor kitchen on the patio, complete with a small fridge, sink, burners and, of course, a professional grade gas grill. Mom had put the tray of food down on the bar, before taking a seat next to me.

Carlisle poured us each a glass of Pinot Gris before taking his seat. I could tell that Jasper was still a little tense, so I put my hand on the small of his back, rubbing it gently in the hopes of calming his nerves a little. He gave a soft sigh as he smiled at me, mouthing "Thank you."  I winked at him as I grabbed a few grapes, popping one in my mouth. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

At the Deep End - Chapter 15


I sat behind my computer, trying desperately to get some work done before having to leave for swimming class.  I drummed my fingers on the table as my thoughts once again strayed from the screen in front of me and the assignment I should be working on. Instead, my thoughts kept drifting back to the night Rose and I made dinner for Edward the week before.

I smiled as I recalled what Rose had said before leaving that night: "You let me know when you want the boy eating out of your lap and we will pull out all the stops." There was no way in hell I was telling her that her kick-ass cooking skills wouldn't be necessary anymore. Then again.... if that's the reaction I get for one of her 'weekday' dinners, I wonder just what kind of response I could expect from Edward if Rose were to pull out all the stops. That thought certainly had its merits.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

At the Deep End - Chapter 14


I had a hard time staying focused on work for the rest of the afternoon. I never had gotten around to eating anything during my lunch break, which didn't help matters either. My mind kept going back to my conversation with Jasper. He wants to go have dinner with my parents. Every time I thought of it, I could feel a goofy grin come to my lips. I was still a little worried about how he really felt about it, and hoped he wouldn't feel too pressured to come out to his parents or introduce me to them. I knew all too well it had to happen at some point, but also realized that the choice was his to make, not mine. All I could do was be there for him when the time came, no matter the outcome.

For the time being though, I was thrilled that I'd be able to introduce him to my parents. The thought of Esme or Carlisle not liking him never even crossed my mind. I knew they'd be as supportive of him as they were of me. I wanted Jasper to know he would not be alone, and would always have somewhere to go. I was certain of this: they would love him as surely as I did.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

At the Deep End - Chapter 13


I pulled on a pair of Edward's sweats while he got dressed after our shower. After he left, I went into the kitchen to grab something to drink. I sat down at the table, nursing my glass of orange juice as I let my mind wander. So much had changed for me in the last few days.

Looking back, I realized that the night we kissed in Edward's car was when things started to click for me. I knew I'd been fighting my feelings, but watching how it hurt him, and knowing that I was the only one who could stop that hurt, made it clear to me that I had to try to get past my own fears. Rose was right. I was worrying about the wrong things. Although I still wasn't sure about how to tell mom and dad.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

At the Deep End - Chapter 12


I gazed over at Jasper as he slept soundly next to me. He looked so peaceful. My hands itched to caress him, but I remained still, just taking in his every feature. It was still dark out, but I was wide awake. I knew I wouldn't be able to fall back asleep. I still couldn’t believe that he was here, in my bed, even if he has slept here a few times now since that first time last week. I smiled softly as I thought back to that night.

We had watched 'The Court Jester' after dinner. It turned out to be a favorite of both of ours. I had a hard time concentrating on it though, with Jasper right next to me. I had my arm around his shoulder, and the sense of peace the evening had given me made my heart swell. I wished we could spend every night like this. Just us, enjoying each other's company. It had felt so good to make dinner together earlier.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

At the Deep End - Chapter 11


I lay in bed, my arms under my head as I stared up at the ceiling. My mind kept going over what happened today, especially the game and Rosalie meeting Edward – I was so glad that it had gone well! During dinner with Mom and Dad, Rose hadn't stopped talking about Emmett, for which I was actually grateful. I had been a little preoccupied, to say the least.

Edward had been at the forefront of my thoughts all through dinner. I kept wondering about how it would be for him to meet my parents. I think Rosalie sensed this and purposely kept their attention away from me.

It felt like dinner lasted for hours, but we finally got home, and I was able to excuse myself. I went to my room, switched on my computer and tried to go through my emails, but I still wasn't able to concentrate.

Monday, July 14, 2014

At the Deep End - Chapter 10


The game had been intense. I knew that the team we were playing wasn't as good as we were, but still. We won, and I had made the final goal. I was proud of the team. Every one of them had played well, and poor Felix had even gotten injured in the process. We had just finished shaking hands with the other team when I saw Jasper's sister walking up to us.

"Congratulations, brother mine! You guys did good."

He turned around and made as if to hug Rosalie. She glared at him as she stepped back with a hiss.  "Don't you dare, Jazz!"

He chuckled and held his hands up in surrender. He glanced at Emmett, who stood frozen next to him, his eyes fixed on Rose. I could tell that she was trying hard not to look at him. This should prove interesting....