Testing Faith – Chapter 18

As the sun began to rise the next morning, Edward awoke a new man. After Bella had left, he had to will his hard dick to calm down. After thinking about everything from baseball to having to tattoo Max’s dick, it finally softens up. Falling asleep, he dreamt solely of Bella;  not one second of his night was disturbed with the nightmares that he had since the accident. He felt so refreshed and determined to make the best of his new life with a disability. Getting up, he attached his prosthetic leg on and headed towards the gym. Finding several other patients working out, he looked around and found the piece equipment that would work on his upper body. Soon he was sweating and feeling energized. After his workout, he walked back to his room, took a shower, and changed into the clothes that Carmen had brought him. 

“Fuck, I have been an first class asshole,” he grumbled out loud. Edward knew he needed to apologize to Carmen and his brothers, hoping they would forgive him for lashing out at them. Picking up his phone, he sent a text to each of them, asking them to come to the rehab center when they had a chance. 

Carmen was still at Max’s home when her phone dinged that she had a text message. Rolling over, she picked up her phone and saw that it was Edward. 

“Max, I believe my boy is finally getting better,” she exclaimed, showing him the text.

“Hmm, I wonder if Angela had to break out the whip?” Max jested. 

“I don’t know, but if that is  what worked, I am all for it,” Carmen said.

Max ran his hand down her ribs, over her hip, onto her curvy ass, and once there slapped it lightly. “Do you want me to ask her for some tips?”

Carmen set down her phone and moved closer to Max. “Not you, my love,” she said with a mischievous grin. “But I might.”

“Fuck me,” Max gasped.

Carmen straddled him and propelled herself on his massive cock. Groaning as she took in every beautiful inch, feeling a glorious euphoria. “Gladly.”

After another satisfying round of sex, Carmen got up, showered, and dressed. She couldn’t stop smiling, knowing that Edward was starting to heal mentally. As she was finishing up her makeup, Max walked up behind her and wrapped his arms around her. “Do you know how much I love you?” 

“Yes, and Yes,” she declared, hoping he would understand. She only hoped that she wasn’t too late.

It took Max a moment before he understood what she was saying. Turning her around and lifting her off the ground. “Yes?”

“If I am not too late?” She quizzed.

“Damn woman, I would have waited until we were both in our deathbeds,” Max proclaimed as he sat her down. “Hold on to that thought.”

Max ran from the room, and a few minutes later was back and dropped to one knee. “Carmen Lewis, I love you with every cell of my body, and it would be my honor if you would be my wife.”

With tears in her eyes, Carmen looked down at the stunning diamond ring nestled in a black velvet box. “Yes.”

Max stood and placed the ring on her finger. He couldn’t believe after all these years she said yes. “When do you want to get married?”

“Well, since we have to wait seventy-two hours, how about this weekend?” Carmen asked.

“FUCK YEAH!” Max yelled. “We can go to the courthouse after your visit with Edward.”

“Sounds like a great plan. All the boys are going to be there, and it will be a great opportunity to announce our engagement,” Carmen said.

Edward had returned from his doctor’s appointment with Dr. Branner, who was shocked by the improvement in Edward’s mental health. He couldn’t help but smirk at the cause of his newfound outlook.  It was evident that he had found his inspiration for getting better and getting the fuck out of the center. Although Edward and Bella could not expose their budding relationship, the patience he had demonstrated thus far had served him well.  Now it was time, and there were goals to be met; he could see the finish line. After two consecutive PT sessions, he showered again and changed into a pair of shorts and a t-shirt. 

Sitting in a chair by the window, he waited for his family to show up. While most would have doubted that their family would forgive them for their horrible attitude, there was no doubt for Edward that his family would. The Cullen brothers had a strong bond that couldn’t be broken. Then there was Carmen, their mother since his parents’ untimely death, she didn’t deserve the abuse he had launched at her. She had sacrificed  her life to car for him and his brothers. He knew that Max had asked her many times to marry him. Even though he didn’t respond to Carlisle or Emmett when they told him about how they had found women who didn’t put up with their shit. Jasper had decided to propose to his girlfriend/submissive. It was time for Carmen to put herself first. 

“Edward!” Emmett boomed, walking in, followed by Carlisle and Jasper. A few steps behind was Carmen with a massive smile on her face. 

Edward stood up and walked over to them. “So glad to see you.”

“Edward,” Carmen cried, reaching out and pulling him into a hug. 

Wrapping his arms around her, he tried to pour all the love he felt  for her into the hug. “I’m so sorry.”

“I know, my sweet boy,” she murmured.

After a few minutes, they finally released wiping away their tears. Placing a kiss upon her head, Edward turned back towards his brothers. “I know I have been a fucking asshole, and I don’t deserve your forgiveness, but I truly am sorry for all that I have said and done.”

“Ed, we are family, and we know that you really didn’t mean it,” Carlisle said, slapping him on the shoulder. “We are just glad that you are making strides to becoming your old self.”

“I am getting better,” Edward confirmed, smiling down at Carmen. Taking her hand and then he felt something on her finger. Pulling it up and finding a large diamond ring on her finger. “Finally?”

“Yes,” she confirmed.

“Where is Max?” Edward wondered.

“He is in the hall.”

“Well, get his ass in here so we can start the interrogation,” Edward joked.

“Be nice,” Carmen hissed.

Placing another kiss on her head, Edward whispered. “Oh, sweet girl, you know I am joking.”

As Carmen walked out of the room to get Max, Edward’s brothers looked curiously at what was going on. “Did you piss her off again, Ed?” Carlisle asked.

“No, but she has one hell of a surprise,” he confirmed as he walked over to them. He was surprisingly getting better walking on his new leg. The physical therapist had told him that the skin on his stump would callous over time, but he would always have to keep an eye out for any sores or cuts. Infection was a real threat and needed to be caught early to prevent any more damage. 

“You are walking really good on that leg,” Emmett marveled. 

“I am trying. Fuck two days ago, I fell every time I stood, and now I am walking. A little shaky at times, but not falling on my face,” he divulged.

Jasper smirked. “So how bad did Angela spank your ass to get you to wake up.”

“Funny dickhead,” Edward said. “She didn’t have to beat me to get me moving.”

“Then, who?” Carlisle asked.

“Nobody,” Ed lied as he didn’t want to let them know about Bella just it.

At that moment, Carmen walked back in with Max holding hands and smiling. “Damn, boy, glad to see you up around,” Max boomed.

“Thanks, now do you have something you want to say to us?” Edward asked, trying his best to look intimidating .

Max looked at each one of the boys and tried to judge their emotions. It was a skill he had honed  over the years of running a bar. “Yeah. As you well know, I have loved this woman for more years than I can remember and have never faulted her for putting your well being before me. It is one of her best qualities; however, since you guys have grown into hard-working, young men with the prospects of finding women who will be your everything, she has finally said yes to my marriage proposal. Carlisle, Jasper, Emmett, and Edward, I promise to love and take care of her, and my wish is that you give us your blessings.”

They looked at each other and, after a few moments, turned back to Max. “We know how you feel about her, and we know that you will take care of her. You have our blessings,” Carlisle pledged.

“Oh, boys thank you,” Carmen cried. “I love you so much.”

They came over and wrapped themselves around both Max and Carmen. “Welcome to the family,” they said together.

After the announcement, the topic went to the wedding. “We are going to the courthouse on Monday. We have to wait for seventy-two after we get our license,” Carmen explained.

“Hell no,” Emmett boomed. “Our mom deserves a proper wedding.”

“Oh, I don’t need anything special,” she said.

“Bullshit. We can have it at the home place. I bet Rose, Esme, and Alice would love to plan a small but elegant ceremony and reception,” Jasper remarked.

Carmen looked at Max, trying to read his mind on the issue. “They are right, you deserve the best. How long do you think it will take to plan?” He asked.

“Oh, knowing those girls, just a few weeks. By then, Edward will hopefully be out of the rehab center,” Emmett confirmed.

“Yeah, the doctor said I could leave by the end of the week and come back for PT or have inhouse PT since I have a full gym,” Edward explained. 

“Perfect. We will get started planning for two weeks from Saturday. Is that soon enough?” Carlisle asked Max with a grin.

“Yeah, but I think we may need to get some practice in for our wedding night in the meantime,” Max said, licking his lips.

The boys covered their ears. “Fucker, we don’t need to hear that shit.”

Carmen and Max laughed. They all sat down and began to plan the wedding. Emmett, Carlisle, and Jasper texted their girlfriends, asking if they could help. Seconds later, all their phones were ringing with squealing women excited about planning a wedding. Soon the men’s opinions were no longer wanted, and the women had taken over completely.

Hours later, most of the details were laid out, and plans were made to do some serious shopping. Carlisle handed Carmen the family credit card and told her to spare no expense. 

“Mr. Cullen,” Bella said as she walked into Edward’s room and stopped. She had not expected to see all these people. 

“BELLA BEAN!!!” Emmett yelled, rushing over and picking her up and twirling her around.

Bella hit him on the arm. “Put me down, you goofball.”

Sitting her down, he placed a kiss on her cheek, gaining a growl from Edward. Emmett turned toward him and smiled. “So, Dominant Edward is claiming his little submissive.” he thought. Turning back to Bella, he kissed her cheek once more. “Glad to see you, Bella.”

“I’m sorry I didn’t know Mr. Cullen had company,” she remarked. “I was doing my first checks.”

“Mr. Cullen? His name is Edward,” Emmett said, then lowered his voice and leaned closer to her ear. “Or, Sir.”

Bella gasped, blushing a dark shade of red. 

Edward saw the beautiful blush bloom across Bella’s face, and his dick came to life. Fuck, he couldn’t wait to see her naked on his bed and see if each delicate inch changed to that delightful color. But what had his brother said to her to make her blush? “Asshole, leave my nurse alone.”

Throwing his hands up in the air. “Fine.”

“Boys, it is time we leave Edward alone and allow Bella to do her checks,” Carmen said. She walked over and gave him a hug. “I will call you tomorrow.”

Wrapping his arms around her and squeezing her tight. “Thank you.”

After everyone left, Bella finally felt free to speak to Edward. “Wow, I didn’t expect to see all of them at once.”

“Yeah, they can be overwhelming if you are not used to them,” he chuckled.

Bella wanted nothing more than to be wrapped in Edward’s arms as he kissed her until she couldn’t breathe; however, she was his nurse, and that was a huge offense. “Is there any issue that I need to be made aware of?”

“No. I have had a great day,” Edward answered, loving professional Bella.

“Good. Please have a seat so I can inspect your leg,” Bella instructed.

He sat down, Bella got down on her knees and took off his prosthetic. Unwrapping his leg, she inspected for any sores. Rubbing her hand around and up to his muscular thigh.

Edward clasped her hand. “If you don’t stop that I am going to forget about you being on duty and fuck you.”

“Oh!” Bella exclaimed, blushing brightly again. After re-wrapping up his leg, she stood up and smiled. “Your leg looks great. Keep up the hard work.”

“I plan on it,” he smirked.

Bella was on her way to meet up with Angela for drinks after her first week back at work. It had been challenging to control her lust around Edward, and her vibrator had gotten quite the workout. However, he had been released this morning, and he had called and texted her a dozen times, telling her that he couldn’t wait to see her. They planned to go to dinner tomorrow evening, which meant she wanted to find a new dress. She called Rose, Esme, and Alice asking for their help in shopping for one. Tomorrow morning they were meeting for brunch, shopping, and a quick trip to the spa. Bella hadn’t kept up with her weekly waxing, and she wanted to be ready just in case.

Parking her car in the parking deck, she had begun walking towards the bar. She hated walking alone after dark, but she couldn’t find a parking place closer. Walking down the dark sidewalk, she had an eerie feeling that she was being watched. Looking around, she didn’t see anyone. Picking up the pace, she finally arrived at the bar and rushed in.

“Oh, my beautiful Isabella. I have missed you so much and can’t wait until you are mine.” the man in the shadows vowed.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Judy Leavell says:

    Bella’s stalker sounds like Aro. Trouble ahead. Also, I have a question about Carmen. Did she ever get a divorce? Can she legally marry Max?


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