Third Time's the Charm @sukiethree
Chapter 17

AN: A little more intimacy but not too much yet.

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Third Time's the Charm Part 3 Chapter 17

Left pregnant and alone, Bella delivers a surprise to the paramedic who knocks on her door.

Chapter 17

We were on our way up to my apartment in the elevator when I asked, "Why don't you stay here tonight, Bella?"

Bella yawned and laughed, saying that would be perfect as she was too tired to go any farther.

"It was a fabulous date, Edward. Thank you so much for taking me out." She stood on tiptoe and kissed my cheek, her hand sliding around my neck to pull me down close enough.

"It was my pleasure, Bella. I really enjoyed spending the day with you."

I made tea, since it was too late for coffee, while Bella put Emily into her crib. I heard the shower running and went to my room to do the same. I returned to the living room, having changed into sleep pants and a t-shirt. I wandered over to the stereo, choosing some soft classical for background music, and took a seat on the sofa as Bella appeared.

I groaned internally, convinced she'd be the death of me. Dressed in the same shortest of shorts and a string strap camisole she'd left here last time, there was a lot of skin on show. She'd put her hair up in a ponytail, baring the full expanse of her long, graceful neck, and when she sat beside me, her thigh brushed along mine. I crossed one leg over the other in an attempt to hide my hard-on and tried to think of anything other than Bella's skin or her scent to make it die down.

When she lifted my arm so she could snuggle up and tucked her arm over my stomach, there was precious little chance of that happening. Oh well, I thought. She had to know how she affected me. We sipped at the hot tea, listening to the quiet music, not speaking, though it was a comfortable silence.

I leaned back, closing my eyes, listening as she drifted into sleep and her breathing slowed and evened out. I was only half-awake, my mind thinking back over the last few hours and how much I'd enjoyed our date. There was never a moment when we'd run out of things to talk about, and even though there was a lot we still didn't know about each other, the connection we had was unbelievably strong.

The clock ticked over to one o'clock, and although I wasn't going to work tomorrow, or rather today, it would be better if we slept in our beds. I slid my arm out from around Bella and stood, shaking her shoulder lightly. She opened her eyes and blinked, giving me a slow smile before letting them close again.

"Come on, Bella." I shook her again. "Let's go to bed; it's well after midnight."

"No, I want to cuddle with you." She reached out, trying to pull me back down beside her.

I ignored the jump my body gave as I considered her in my bed. "It'll be more comfortable in bed. Come on, I'll help you."

She yawned, but seemed a little more awake as I managed to get her on her feet, handing her the baby monitor.

"Go on up. I'll turn out the lights and lock up. Goodnight, Bella."

I cleared away the cups, put them in the dishwasher, and rinsed out the coffee pot, setting it up for the morning, before checking the locks on the front door. Switching off the lights, I walked through the living room in the dark on the way to my bedroom. Passing the door to the guest room, I noticed it was almost closed, with no light showing, and stopped to close it the rest of the way quietly.

Only the faint light from my room lit the way along the hallway. In its dim light, I could see Bella stretched out on the far side of my bed, the covers on my side turned down. Going over the last few minutes of our conversation in the living room, I realized she'd asked to cuddle up to me, and the answer I'd given could have been misconstrued as an invitation. I wondered for a moment if that was what she'd meant.

"Come on, Edward. I won't bite."

She patted the bed behind her, letting me know she was awake enough to make a decision. I made my way across the room and climbed in beside her, lying flat on my back.

"Come closer, I want you behind me."

I didn't need a second invitation, and we both shuffled in toward the center of the bed, her back meeting my chest. She was seated in the curve of my hips, and there was no way she could miss the erection between us. She wriggled until she got comfortable, making me harder still, then settled, pulling my arm over her waist and resting it between her breasts.

The slow, even breaths from the woman in front of me told me she had fallen asleep again. Despite the fact that I'd been three-quarters asleep on the sofa in the living room, there was a part of me now wide awake, and every little movement from Bella just perked up my cock more.

Eventually, I managed to will my erection away enough for me to fall asleep.

A murmur from the baby monitor woke me, and I glanced at the clock to see it was three a.m. and Bella was sitting up with her eyes still closed.

"You stay here," I murmured. "I'll feed her, if you want to sleep."

Bella yawned and nodded, lying down again and already drifting back to sleep before I left the room. I slid out of bed, yawning, and made my way along the hall and into the guest room where Emily was already awake.

"Hello, sweetheart. I'm afraid you'll have to make do with me. Mommy's very tired after our lovely date."

I picked her up, tucking her into my arm, and headed for the kitchen, grabbing a bottle from the fridge. I heated it under the hot water tap and tested it on my wrist to make sure it wasn't too hot, then returned to the guest room and sat on the edge of the bed. Emily still wasn't impressed with a bottle instead of a breast, but with a little perseverance, she decided she was hungry enough to overlook it.

While she drank, I talked about the date Bella and I had been on. Emily kept stopping to give me a milky smile as if she understood every word.

"You know I love you and your momma very much, sweetheart, and one day, we'll all be together. How does that sound?"

When she'd emptied the bottle, I settled her on my shoulder, patting her back to make sure she had a comfortable tummy, and then, freshly diapered and sleepy, I placed her back in her crib. Leaving a kiss on her forehead, I quietly closed the door and headed back to bed.

Bella was leaning back against the pillows waiting for me. The only light in the room came from the gap in the curtains, allowing a splash of moonlight to split the dark across the bed. She held up her hand and beckoned to me, patting the bed beside her. I crawled across the space as she slid down the bed until we were facing one another.

"Hi," she murmured, her hands tracing my face from temple to chin. "I heard you in there." She nodded at the baby monitor. "And I love you, too."

I leaned in, lightly touching my lips to hers, my arm snaking around her waist to pull her closer before I pushed forward to deepen the kiss.

Her mouth opened under mine, her arms making their way over my shoulders and into the shorter hair at the base of my neck, pulling at the strands. Shivers ran down my spine, and my cock hardened. I found the edge of her t-shirt, smoothing my hands over the skin on her lower back, giving her a chance to say no.

A low moan from her throat encouraged me. Lying on my side, I slid one hand under her neck while I explored the smooth skin of her back. Tentatively, I moved my hand to her side, resting it just underneath her breast. Pulling away from her lips to breathe, our eyes met. A small nod from Bella was all I needed for my hand to cover the soft flesh, and I could feel her nipple harden in the palm of my hand.

Bella let her head fall back, baring the smooth expanse of her neck. My mouth tracked a path from her jaw to her ear and down to where her t-shirt had fallen away. My teeth nipped at the skin there, and I could feel the goosebumps form under my mouth then under my hand.

Rolling her nipple between my finger and thumb pulled a gasp from her throat, followed by a throaty moan. Her hands scrabbled at the back of my t-shirt, and I reached behind me to drag it off over my head. Bella sat up and dragged hers off, too.

The room was silent as my eyes roamed over her skin, her breasts, her stomach, before my eyes met hers. I reached out, cupping her breasts in my hands, my thumbs brushing over her nipples. Her eyes closed.

"Careful," she murmured. She opened her eyes and smiled. "Baby milk!" she said in explanation.

Raising my eyebrows, I grinned and nodded in acknowledgement, and together we lay back on the pillows facing each other. My finger traced a line between her breasts and around each nipple, goosebumps following in its wake. She copied the movement of my finger, and my gaze caught hers as I followed a line to the edge of her panties, the only thing she still wore.

Her finger copied that movement too, and I sucked in a breath as the tip brushed across the head of my cock. I tugged her closer, trapping her hand between us. I pulled her against me, rolling over until she was underneath me. Settling my body on top of hers, I could feel the heat between her legs even through my sleep pants and involuntarily flexed my hips.

When she gasped, I did it again and then again, watching as her eyes darkened with lust. The heat surrounding my cock felt so good—warm and wet, thrusting against her in long strokes, pulling moans from her and grunts from deep inside my chest. Bella lifted her pelvis toward me and hooked her legs around my waist, bringing our contact closer.

Her eyelids fluttered, and I lowered my head to capture her lips in a bruising kiss.

"Right there, Edward, don't stop please," she whispered against my lips.

I could already feel the tingle starting at the base of my spine, and my strokes became shorter and harder as it spread to the back of my neck. Bella's fingers tugged at my hair.

"Oh, God, Bella, I can't—"

She dragged her fingers down my back, lightly scoring the skin. Pushing my hands down onto the mattress, I lifted my body to give myself more room to thrust harder.

"I'm gonna come, Bella."

"Ugh, Edward, please—"

I felt her body stiffen under mine, and her legs clamped hard around my waist as she climaxed, my body following. I held myself up on trembling arms for a few seconds before slowly lowering myself until I came to rest on top of her. For a few minutes, there was silence, my head resting on her shoulder, while her hands smoothed over the skin on my back, following the same place she'd marked me.

When the strength returned to my limbs, I pushed myself off her and flopped onto my back.

"That was unexpected."

I could hear the humor in her voice.

"I hope you don't think I took advantage of—"

Bella rolled onto her side and placed her hand over my mouth.

"Don't," she said. "I was right there with you. It was exactly enough, Edward."

I kissed the palm of her hand as she lifted it away from my mouth.

"I'm going to clean up," I said, indicating the front of my sleep pants.

Grabbing some clean clothes from my dresser, I headed for the bathroom and turned on the shower. Ten minutes later, I slid back into bed, pulling Bella against my body again. Moving her hair out of the way, I kissed the back of her neck, grinning to myself as I felt the goosebumps rise again. It was good to know how much I affected her; she did the same to me.

"Was Emily okay with the bottle?" Bella yawned as she asked.

"Shh, she was fine. I really liked being able to do that for her, though it was supposed to give you a little more time to sleep. Not that I'm complaining," I hastened to add.

Surrounded by her scent with her body flush against mine, it wasn't long before sleep found me.

~ oOo ~

The smell of coffee and bacon woke me the following morning, along with the splash of sunlight in the same place as the moonlight had been the night before. I lay back, thinking about what had happened last night. I couldn't remember the last time I'd dry-humped; though I was certain it was over ten years ago. I couldn't contain the happiness I felt, sure that Bella and I, along with Emily, were on our way to becoming a family.

I jumped out of bed, heading to the kitchen where Bella was swaying in time with the music playing on the kitchen radio. She was singing quietly to Emily, who was tucked securely into the crook of her elbow, while she turned the bacon in the pan with the other hand.

She jumped when I slid my arms around her waist, resting my head on her shoulder and looking down at Emily.

"Morning, sweetheart. Did you sleep well?"

Bella turned her head toward me and planted a kiss on my cheek. "Not sure which of us you were talking to, but Emily slept until after seven this morning, so yes, we both slept well." She looked down at Emily. "Didn't you, sweetie? She didn't even make a fuss when I insisted she take a bottle this morning."

"Thanks for letting me take care of her last night, Bella. It's made me feel so much closer to her already. When will your milk be free of the vodka?"

"It was probably done with this morning, but I decided she may as well get used to a bottle since I'll have to go back to work at some point. Not that I want to think of leaving her with anyone right now."

"It's not until after Thanksgiving, is it?" I asked. "We still have some time to think about, okay?"

"Okay. Can you take her, please? I need my other hand to finish breakfast. There are pancakes in the oven keeping warm and fruit in the refrigerator. Can you set the table for me too, please?"

I managed to do all of that one-handed, and buckled Emily into her seat at the table. I grabbed the pancakes from the oven as Bella brought bacon and coffee to the table.

"You didn't have to do all this, you know, but I'm truly grateful you can cook."

We didn't touch on what happened last night, although there were a few glances that told me it wasn't far from her mind. I was content to know our relationship was moving forward, and patient enough to wait for her to be ready for full intimacy.

~ oOo ~

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