“You’re going to choose Bella over me?” Jasper asked, his eyes widening.
“Right now, yes. She’s got a heart of gold who cares for everyone. You just see the outward appearance and make snap judgments,” I seethed. “So what if Bella’s fat. I love her, Jasper. Get it through your thick skull that I’m going to be with her until a. we break up or b. one of us dies. I’d rather you be a part of our lives, but if you can’t see past her weight, then you may have lost a brother.”
“And a sister,” Rose said from the doorway of the music room. “Jasper, you were never this into looks before. Why does it matter now?”
Jasper sagged against me. I let him go and he fell to the ground. I was so mad at him. Bella was not fat. She was curvy. In all of the right places. “I don’t know. I really don’t,” Jasper murmured. “I’m sorry that I dissed your girl, Edward.”
“You did more than dissed her, Jasper. You pretty much said that she wasn’t good enough for me,” I said angrily. “I’m sorry that I’m not dating a super model but after Tanya, I’m over that materialistic, snobby, vain mindset. I want a girl who is real and loves me for me. Not someone who sees my title as a doctor and immediately thinks dollar signs. Not someone who sees my face and thinks that I’m gorgeous but dumb. Bella loves me. She loves that I can make her laugh. She loves that I love her, regardless of what she fucking weighs. She can fucking balloon to four hundred pounds and I’ll still love her. I’d be worried for her health, but I’ll love her.”
“I’m going to go,” Jasper said quietly. “I know I’m not welcome right now. I’ll, um, see you both at the ball.”
“You better be on your best behavior, Jasper. So help me, I’ll throttle you with my stiletto heels,” Rose growled. Jasper nodded and put on his coat, leaving my house. As he was leaving, the smoke detector went off.
“Fuck!” I groaned as I ran to the kitchen. “Rose, open some windows!”
“Got it, Eddie,” she called.
I turned on the overhead vent and opened the oven. The pizza I had cooking was charred and ruined. “Damn it,” I grumbled. “Want to go out to eat, Rose?”
“What was that?” Rose laughed.
“It was supposed to be a veggie pizza,” I frowned. “Now, it’s a charcoal briquette.”
“You can always call Bella to join us,” Rose smiled.
“She’s at work,” I frowned. “We’re not on together at all this week. I won’t get a chance to see her prior to the ball this weekend. I miss her.”
“I know you do, Eddie. How about this, you take your little sister on a date and I’ll help you figure out what to get Bella for Valentine’s day. Do you know what color her dress is for the ball?”
“Purple, she told me,” I replied.
“And you are so getting her a corsage,” Rose squealed. “Where are you taking me to dinner, Eddie?”
“I had a hankering for pizza. So, let’s go to Giordanos,” I smiled. “None of this thin crust shit.”
“Stuffed, baby,” Rose smiled.