Chapter Five on AO3
Chapter Five on TWCS
When I got home from my dinner with Edward, I snuck into my apartment. The snores from my dad's room indicated he was asleep and I was secretly grateful. I didn't want to deal with his bullshit. I slipped into room and gathered my shower essentials. I quickly hosed off in the decrepit shower. I took the time to blow dry my hair straight and I went back into my room. Locking my door, I put on some warm flannel pajamas. Since money was so tight, we kept the heat as cool as it could be and tonight was supposed to dip below zero. I added a fleece hoodie to my body and I picked up one of Edward's journals from his present.
I ran my fingers along the soft leather, smiling tenderly at his generous gift. I couldn't get him anything tomorrow, but I would thank him for his present. I picked up one of the pens and turned to the front page.
December 24th, 2012
Merry Christmas to me! For the first time since my mom died, I received a Christmas present. A Christmas present from my good friend, Edward. You like it? It's these dashing journals and the fuck-awesome pen that I'm writing with. It's surprising that a man that I've just met can get me the most perfect present. This is the only way for me to cope with my life. Writing and journaling. I'm so blessed.
But, I'm done with feeling sorry for myself. I want to finally live my life. And here's how I'm going to do it.
Edward's Tattoo along his ribs (thanks Stephenie for the AWESOME manip with the tat!)
Bella's present from Angela