Third Time's the Charm @sukiethree
Chapter 22

AN: A little together time, but a little more time until the event we're waiting for ...

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Third Time's the Charm Part 3 Chapter 22

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

Chapter 22

Edward returned to work on Monday morning, waking too late to take me back to my apartment. He insisted on me taking his car, not wanting me to ride the 'L' with Emily. It was bitterly cold, with a wind and temperature that promised snow, so it wasn't hard to give in to his request.

When I arrived home, I wished I'd stayed at Edward's. The apartment was freezing, having had the heat turned down really low for the week we'd been away, and I was greeted by a letter from the landlord. Not only was my lease up for renewal, but he wanted to increase the rent by half as much again.

I was due to return to work on Wednesday, working half-days until the end of the week to give me time to get back into the swing of things. By Monday, it was expected I would be up to speed and ready to dive right in.

The increase in rent was a bit of a blow. Even having partial pay while I was on maternity leave, my savings had taken a huge hit. I had hoped returning to work would've been enough to cover all my expenses but, with the increase, that wasn't going to be enough. The lease expired at the end of December, which didn't give me much time to find another apartment. Realistically, I knew my days in this apartment were coming to an end because it wouldn't be long until Emily needed a room of her own. The only good thing was I wouldn't have to find another deposit, since I'd have my return deposit from this one.

When Edward arrived after work to pick up his car, he noticed my distraction immediately and called me on it. "What's going on, Bella? You've been distracted all evening. I'm not crowding you, am I?"

"Of course you're not. I love having you here, as does Emily. I guess I'm just a bit tired, and a little worried about leaving Emily on Wednesday. I only have to work half a day until the end of this week, which is good, but then we'll be apart every day for more than eight hours."

He drew me into his arms. "I know it's going to be difficult, Bella, but Emily will be fine with Heidi. You know that, don't you?"

I nodded and buried my head into his neck, inhaling his scent. I knew I needed to tell him about the apartment but, for now, I just wanted to sit here with him. Still, the thought of being apart from Emily was becoming a reality in just a few days, and I had to swallow around the lump in my throat, willing back the few tears that threatened.

Edward switched on the television to watch the news, giving me time to compose myself. Somehow, he always knew what I needed. Emily's murmurs from the baby monitor as she woke for her last feed roused me from my half-sleep on his shoulder.

Sitting upright, I leaned in and kissed him. "You always say the right things, Edward. I love you."

When Emily's murmurings quietened, the kiss turned heavier and more passionate. I straddled his thighs and settled onto his lap, feeling his cock harden underneath me. Our hands roamed beneath clothes, smoothing over heated skin, each urging the other on. My top hit the floor, followed quickly by Edward's shirt then undershirt. His eyes met mine as his fingers toyed with the clasp on my bra and I nodded my silent permission. The garment followed the others to the floor and his hands cupped my breasts, rolling my nipples between his thumb and forefinger as I pressed them into his hands before capturing his lips with mine again. He was careful to keep his movements gentle.

"I want you," I murmured against his lips.

A deep moan from his throat told me he felt the same. I rocked over him, his cock rubbing against the seam of my jeans right where I wanted him the most. My fingers slid along the waistband of his pants, brushing over the trail of hair leading me down to the tip of his cock. I couldn't resist popping the button and rubbing him over the material of his boxers. His sharp intake of breath told me he was as affected by me as I was by him.

The murmurs from the baby monitor started up again, and Edward slowed his kisses, pulling me against his chest—skin to skin. After a few minutes, he let his head fall to my shoulder, his hot breath wafting across my skin as his heartbeat slowed along with mine. Lifting his head, his gaze caught mine, his eyes still filled with lust and something more: love.

"I want you, too, Bella, but Emily will be awake soon. I don't want us to disturb her when you scream my name, so, as much as I want to continue this, I'd rather not take you on the sofa. I want our first time to be in bed—my bed."

"Edward." I listened to my voice whine in protest, although I knew he was right.

"How about I cook dinner tomorrow evening and you stay over? That way we'll have all evening."

I could see the promise in his eyes and I nodded. "I'll get Emily. Will you still stay, please? Just to sleep. I need to be near you."

"Of course I will, sweetheart."

I slid off his lap, and he reached down, picking up my t-shirt and sliding it over my head.

"I'll make some hot chocolate, okay?"

We stood, and Edward headed to the kitchen while I went to the bedroom to feed Emily. Her last feed was always from me, although I'd managed to switch her to a bottle during the day. Leaving the room lit only by the light from the hall, I fed and changed her before putting her back into the crib I'd finally had to buy, as she'd gotten too big for the bassinet, and covering her with a blanket. I stood over her for a few minutes, stroking her head, watching as her eyes closed and she fell asleep.

I pulled the door almost closed and returned to the living room. Edward had already finished making the hot chocolate and was back on the sofa. I picked up my cup and snuggled back into his side. The television was turned down very low, playing some sitcom, and the room was quiet.

"You know my lease is due for renewal soon? Well, I got a letter from the landlord this morning."

"Yeah, I remember. What did he want?"

"He's raising the rent." I stopped for a second and looked up at him. "I'm gonna have to find another apartment. Even with going back to work, I can't afford what he's asking. Would you help me find one?"

Edward put his cup down and turned to look at me, frowning. "Of course, I'll do whatever I can to help. Have you had a chance to look at anything today?"

"Not yet, but I'll contact a few agents tomorrow and see what they can come up with. I have until the end of December, and I'm sure I'll find something."

There was an odd silence for a couple of minutes while we finished our drinks, and I wondered what he was thinking. He picked up the cups, took them into the kitchen, and rinsed them, putting them into the dishwasher.

"I'm gonna get ready for bed, okay?" I said.

"I'll be right there as soon as I finish up in here."

I'd learned to leave the bedroom light switched off so Emily didn't wake. Fortunately, she rarely did as long as we were quiet. Pulling one of Edward's t-shirts out from underneath my pillow, I went to wash up and get ready for bed. When I finished in the bathroom, I found Edward sitting on the side of the bed in the darkened room, wearing only boxers and his undershirt, waiting for his turn. His pants and shirt were laid over the back of the chair, ready for work in the morning.

Not long after I'd gotten comfortable in bed, I felt the mattress dip behind me as Edward slid under the covers, lifting his arm for me to snuggle up close to him. He turned to face me, his lips landing back on mine, his hand sliding from my waist to the back of my knee, pulling it over his hip. His hard length pressed between my legs, separated by his boxers and my panties.

Each press of his hips pushed his cock against my clit, his mouth capturing my moans. I wanted to make him feel good too, but he caught my hand in his, pulling me closer to his body, whispering his words into my mouth.

"Shh, Bella. It's okay, just feel me. I want to see you come."

I could feel his heart beating under my hand where he held it against his chest. My arousal spiked at his words and the material between my legs became wetter, his covered cock sliding easily against my clit. It didn't take long for my orgasm to wash over me, leaving me a quivering mess in his arms.

His grip didn't let up as he pulled me even closer, feathering kisses from my ear to my collarbone, giving me time to calm my body. I flexed my hips against his still-hard cock.

"Are you sure I can't help you out with your little problem?" I grinned into the dark, whispering against his ear.

"I'll be fine, sweetheart. My turn tomorrow."

He kissed me, and I turned in his arms, snuggling back against him. He hissed as I wriggled my ass against him, earning a squeeze of his arms around me. He jerked his hips into me, and I giggled quietly.

"Keep still, vixen." I could hear the laughter in his voice. "Go to sleep."

The room grew quiet, and I was drifting off to sleep when he spoke again. "I love you, Bella," he breathed.

I lifted my arm and tucked it around his neck, pulling his head down to mine. so I could reach his lips. "Love you too, Edward," I said, snuggling back into his arms and under the covers.

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