Title: La Vita Nuova
Rated R21+ for underage substance use
Genre/Category: Romance, Comedy, AH
Pairing: Edward, Jake, Garrett, and Bella
Summary: "Courtly love was a medieval European conception of nobly and chivalrously expressing love and admiration. Generally, it was kept secret and not practiced between husband and wife." The secret life of Bella Swan & Edward Cullen: 1996 - 2027. AH/AU, OOC.
*** Chapter 10 Teaser ***
I sat out there for what seemed like hours, pushing the swing back and forth and back and forth. It was freezing, of course, and there was about two feet of snow on the ground, but the cold felt refreshing. It was eye opening, reminding me that this was, in fact, reality and California was still three weeks away. I was lost in my own thoughts, staring at the spot where Jake had been leaning against the porch.
"Hey," came a voice from the sidewalk. I looked up at Rose, holding a bottle of Jack Daniels and my coat. She'd pulled her hair back into a ponytail and thrown on her pajamas and boots before heading over. "You're gonna catch pneumonia," she chastised.
"Does it matter?"
She shrugged and took another step closer, pulling her coat a little tighter around her body and offering mine with her extended arm. "Alone on Christmas Eve?"
"Me too." She looked over to Emmett's house and sighed. "Emmett had some things to do before his mom came to visit tomorrow, so -- he went home."
I nodded again, returning my attention to the empty spot in front of me.
"My parents are in Boca," she explained, taking two steps up onto my porch. "Wanna get drunk?"
Pursing my lips, I looked up at her and smiled. "Ya know, Rose -- I'd say I loved too, but I don't think that would quite cut it."
She nodded her head to the inside of my house and opened the door to walk in. "C'mon. You and I got some talking to do."