Do Over by Tkegl
Every Christmas Eve, Edward Cullen sits in a bar and regrets the decision he made ten years earlier that tore Bella from him. But when he gets a second chance to right that wrong, it's not quite what he expected. Rated: Fiction M
Reviewed by: Gayle Whitlock
Being invited to her book signing has Edward remembering his life with her. Edward had a choice to make and right now he’s not so sure he made the right one.
"I was actually on the way to the party when I stopped in here," he said finally.
Tanya sipped her drink. "And…" she prodded.
Edward exhaled heavily before he continued, "…and, I just can't bring myself to get up and go."
"What's stopping you?"
Edward grimaced slightly. "Bella."
"Bella?" she repeated slowly before her mouth dropped open. "You mean Isabella Swan? You know her?"
"I did. It was a long time ago." His eyes focused on Bella's name in gold, sparkling script on the invitation.
Tanya studied him for a moment before she nodded slowly in understanding. "I should have known."
Edward turned to her in curiosity. "Known what?"
"Haven't you heard?" she replied wryly. "All the good ones are either married or gay…or still in love with the one that got away."
Edward flushed slightly. "Is it that obvious?"
"Only to an extremely gifted judge of character."
"I never thought a guy who dodges grenades for a living would be such a chicken," Tanya teased.
Finally biting the bullet he goes to the party but sees Bella with someone else and he knows he lost her. WIthout stopping he leaves and doesn’t look back. Outside he finds someone being attacked, Michael.
Michael buys him a drink, asks him if he has regrets and what’s the one thing he’d do over. Once Edward answers him he gives him a bell and tells him if he needs him just to jingle it. Edward seriously thinks this guy has lost his mind, but he pockets the bell and goes home and to sleep. When Edward wakes up, however, he's on a couch and not the couch in his apartment, but in Jasper’s house.
"Morning," a raspy voice said on a yawn as the owner of the voice walked across the room in front of him. "I made some coffee if you want some."
Edward sat up slowly, squinting at the man talking to him. "Jasper? Jasper Hale?"
He hadn't seen Jasper since he'd left Seattle…barely spoken to him since then. And he was in his living room?
"What are you doing here?" Edward asked in shock.
Jasper laughed, taking a sip of his coffee. "It's my house, asshole. How much did you have to drink last night, anyway?"
Before Edward could answer, a bouncing blur swept through the room toward Jasper.
"Merry Christmas, sexy," the blur said once she'd stilled, planting a kiss on Jasper's waiting lips.
"Alice?" Edward said, finally realizing he must be in some crazy dream. A dream where his former best friend and his sister were apparently involved. And he slept on their couch.
Alice ignored him, easily jumping into Jasper's arms and wrapping her legs around his waist. Jasper caught her with one arm, not even spilling his coffee, and returned her increasingly passionate kisses.
"Ugh. I don't need to see that," Edward complained, clenching his eyes shut at the sight of his sister, dressed only in a t-shirt and underwear, mauling a guy right in front of him.
Without missing a beat, Alice said over her shoulder. "Then go home, Edward. That's where you should be anyway. It's Christmas." She slid down Jasper's body, kissing him once more before turning to her brother. "Did you even call Bella last night and let her know where you were?"
Edward blinked at her. "Bella?"
Alice rolled her eyes. "You didn't, did you? Well, lucky for you I did, otherwise she would have the police out looking for you. You're lucky we even let you in last night after Bella tossed your ass out."
Edward's head was swimming. "She tossed me out?"
So, Edward wakes up in a house thats not his, after apparently being thrown out of the one he shares with Bella. The only thing he can figure is to go with it.
You have got to go read this story. It’s one of the best Christmas stories I have ever read. I love watching Edward figure out how to make his wife believe in him again. How he learns to be the husband and the father he needs to be in this world hes in. Its nothing short of amazing. I know you won’t be disappointed.
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