Hi friends! This is an outtake that popped into my head a few days ago. It takes place during the time that Bella and Renee are in the ladies' room while Edward and Charlie are left at the table together.
Outtake - chapter 6
I shifted in my seat as Bella and Renee stood from the table and headed toward the ladies' room. I wasn't afraid to be alone with Charlie per se, but I didn't relish the thought of it either. He had every right to be angry.
If the shoe had been on the other foot and I had a daughter, I wouldn't exactly be jumping for joy that she was dating a friend of mine. A forty-year-old friend, at that. In reality, I'd probably want to kill the fucker with my bare hands. Much as I was sure Charlie wanted to do to me. But I loved Bella fiercely, and even the wrath of Charlie Swan wouldn't keep me away from her.
I cleared my throat. The silence was stifling; I knew there had to be things he wanted to say to me. I was a grown man and positive I could handle whatever he had to throw at me, but I didn't want to hash it out in front of Bella. She was too fragile right now, and likely shaken by his reaction.
"Say what you need to, Charlie."
His nostrils flared as he shot me a glare that would have had anyone else in my place cowering. "You're a sick fuck, you know that? She's nineteen. Nineteen!" He slammed his hand down on the table. The glasses and silverware on it shook, causing the people at surrounding tables to turn their eyes in our direction. "You love her? The fuck you do. I know your type. You want a pretty young thing on your arm and to get your rocks off. Well, not with my daughter. Leave her the fuck alone and find someone your own goddamn age. I'm disgusted that I ever considered you a friend and let her anywhere near you."
"I'm sorry you feel that way, Charlie. I understand, even though you're wrong. She's everythingto me, and I'd never use her in that way. Love isn't a deep enough word for what I feel for your daughter. It's beyond that. I'll be with her until she sends me away."
His face reddened further as he growled. "Fuck off and leave my child alone, Cullen."
"I expected your anger; hell, I even understand it. I'd most likely feel the same way if I were in your place. But when it comes down to it, Bella is a grown woman able to make her own decisions—"
"I'm done listening to your bullshit," he spat as he stood from his chair, almost knocking it over. At the same moment, Bella and Renee began to make their way back to the table.
The sight of Bella's puffy and red-rimmed eyes as she watched her parents leave the restaurant broke my heart to pieces. I took a deep breath, saying a quick prayer to whoever was listening.
I'd need all the strength I could get to help us make it through these next few months together.