The Life Aquatic by Coldplaywhore
Life happens when you least expect it, and puts you on a course that you never planned, into a future you never even imagined that you wanted. This is the story of girl meets boy, meets boy... aka, his son. Rated: Fiction M
Reviewed by: Agrutle
So, a few weeks ago I was lurking on Twitter, cause that’s what I do and I see Coldplaywhore say she’s writing a daddyward. Now I love daddyward fics. There is nothing hotter to me, than a dad who’s involved with his kid. Anyway back to CPW saying shes writing one and I’m all yay because I love her writing!
Bella is an eighteen year old swim instructor at Forks Swimming Centre. She moved to live with her dad to take care of him after a police call went wrong and he was injured. Charlie is starting to feel better and is almost ready to go back to work and she’s ready to start her college life.
First day of class in walks Edward and his son Jack, late. How could she not notice him!? Edward is young and it shocks Bella that he’s a dad and involved. Even though Bella is intrigued by Edward she’s not going there because, Jacks mom has to be around somewhere right? She also wants to keep it professional.
"So… you like my brother?"
"What's not to like? He's very sweet and seems like a great dad to Jack. I'm glad he was able to join the class."
"No, I mean… you like my brother. I saw the way you were watching him and how disappointed you were when you saw me. I bet you thought I was his wife or girlfriend."
Bella couldn't exactly counter what Alice is saying, since it was all true, but she did her best to dissuade her from whatever she was thinking.
"Regardless of whether I like your brother or not, I'm just here to teach the class, not score a date. I'm completely professional, so there's no need to worry, alright?" The Newton's seize that moment to come over and begin gushing about how much their twins had begun to enjoy their baths more since the first class and Bella sets her focus back to the task at hand, rather than the nosy sister of a hot dad.
Edward wants to ask Bella out but he’s worried that Bella will be like Jacks mom and not be able to handle him being a dad. He’s been burned by that and now is cautious, but there is only so long he can resist the want to ask her out. Finally he gets up the nerve, the same day that Bella gives up the restrictions she’s set for herself. Edward gets to ask her before she’s able to.
They set into an easy relationship except Bella is keeping the fact that Edward has a son from her dad because she doesn’t want him to point out what could go wrong in the relationship before they’ve had a chance to see if there is anything to it. Charlie isn’t so happy when he finds out and Edward is equally pissed when he finds out she wasn’t so forthcoming with Charlie about Jack.
"It's nice to finally meet you, Edward. Is this your little brother?"
Charlie's question should be innocent, but it's not. Not by a long shot. Edward's smile draws into a thin line and he pulls Jack tighter against his chest, clearly changing into a protective stance.
Edward thought it would be sweet to show up at Bella's door unannounced, since she mentioned earlier that she missed them, but he hadn't expected this. Edward is furious that Bella hasn't told her father he had a son, but she has mentioned to him that they are dating. How is this something you don't mention? Is she ashamed of them, Edward wonders as he looked over the shoulder of her daunting father, to see Bella standing frozen behind him.
"No sir, this is my son… Jack."
Charlie turns slowly and his amicable smile turns into a bit of a glare as he looks right at his daughter. "Oh… Bella hadn't mentioned to me that you had a son."
"Clearly." Edward is brief and he apologizes to Charlie for interrupting dinner before heading back to his car with Jack, who has just started crying.
"Wait," Bella shouts out for Edward, but he ignores her and sets Jack in his car seat. She tries to step through the front door, but Charlie moves himself in front of it, a stern look on his face.
"Don't you think that was something you should have told me, Bells?"
"Yes, and I'm sorry, I just knew you wouldn't approve. I care about them, both of them, so can I please go fix this?" Charlie bristles for a moment and though he wants to lecture his daughter about getting involved with a teenage dad, he can tell by the look of sheer sadness on her face that she already knows that it's not an easy road.
I’ve enjoyed every minute of this story. You can see the love that Edward clearly has for his son and the love that Edward’s family has for him and you know that they have his back no matter what. While you know that there are obstacles that they have to overcome, it doesn’t seem like it will take so much effort for them to be together. Bella wants things to work with Edward and you can tell that she wants to learn how to be with Edward and Jack. She still very much wants to be her own person too. Please check out The Life Aquatic, I know you won’t be disappointed!!
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