|Saving Me Sequel One Shots
Author: MadeleineJade PM
This will only make sense if you've read Saving Me. Takes place seven years later. New characters carry over. Cannon pairings all are married. Edward is Dr. Jamison's protege. What brings Sabrina and Rylan back to Seattle? AH. One shot. Possibly more?Rated: Fiction M - English - Romance/Humor - Edward & Bella - Chapters: 11 - Words: 50,340 - Reviews: 141 - Favs: 109 - Follows: 96 - Updated: 10-16-09 - Published: 10-24-08 - Status: Complete - id: 4615410
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A/N I know it's been like forever, but, sadly, I still do not own Twilight.
Hello. Remember me? Yeah. You know I still love these guys but haven't been able to update anywhere close to how I wanted to, but I'm here now. Thanks for being so patient. It is with fondness and a heavy heart that I give you this chapter. If you haven't noticed, I changed the status of this story to "Complete." Yes, that's right. I am wrapping it up here. It's been a fun ride. Saving Me was my baby, my first work of FanFiction ever so it's extra tough ending this story, but end it I must since I don't know if I would ever be able to update this one like I want to. Plus, I think this story has been told. The characters have nothing left to say. Don't worry, I'm leaving it in a good place--I think anyway. Thanks to everyone who gave Sabrina a chance in the Twilight world. She and I appreciate it. Ready, kids? Here you go. And Review Crew? Holler at me!
"Are you sure you just didn't pee your pants?" He asked with wide eyes. Emmett actually seemed serious.
I breathed out an exasperated sigh as I glared at him.
"Did Auntie Bella pee her pants?" Lilly asked in horror. Nessie, Becks, and Mya all looked up at me in shock.
"Nooo," Alice, Rose, Jasper, and I all groaned while Emmett cackled.
"Your brother is ready to come out," I told Nessie. All four kids gasped. Lilly, Nessie, and Mya were all bouncing up and down and clapping excitedly while Beckham just looked confused.
"Jasper, Emma, take the twins and the girls," Alice ordered as she was burping Lola over her right shoulder. I smiled at the sight of little Alice holding sweet little Lola with her blond curly hair. Lilly took after Alice while Lola took after her father.
Jasper herded the four kids out after I gave Nessie a big hug and kiss telling her I'd see her soon. Thank goodness they'd gone over to Sabrina's house. I breathed a sigh of relief. I wouldn't have to suppress my discomfort from being all wet.
"Man, what is it with you ladies this time around going into labor at the most inconvenient times?"
"Shut up, Emmett!" I hissed at my brother-in-law as I waited for someone to answer the phone. I swore it rang for about an hour, but Sabrina assured me that it only took three rings before Heidi, the receptionist and office manager picked up. Rose was carrying Ethan in her arms, rubbing his back to try to get him to fall asleep. She stood next to me so I had a reminder to stay calm and centered. Ethan's usually alert blue eyes were now closed, and I kissed the top of his little head, taking a whiff of the baby smell we all loved.
"I need to speak with Dr. Cullen immediately, Heidi. It's Bella," I said as calmly as I could into the phone.
Crap. Crap. CRAP! I was standing in a puddle of amniotic fluid at this point. My pants were all wet and were now sticking to my legs. I rolled my eyes, annoyed.
"I'm sorry, Bella, Dr. Cullen is with a patient right now. He just went in there. It's his last appointment for the day though. Can I have him call you when he's done?"
"Umm, is Dr. Jamison there?" I asked.
"Yes, she happens to be walking by. Here you go."
"Hello, this is Dr. Jamison," Sabrina said into the phone.
I spoke in a rush.
"Sabrina, my water just broke. Emmett's taking me in. Tell Edward to meet us. It's go time."
"Oh!" Sabrina said in surprise but then composed herself. "Okay. We'll meet you there. Are the kids covered?"
"Yes, Jasper and Emma are watching the four monkeys, and Rose and Alice are here too."
"Good. Ry should be done with class in fifteen minutes. He'll help with the Fab Four. Are you okay?"
"Yes," I answered. I really was. My contractions were about ten minutes apart, but I wasn't frantic at all. Having seen Alice and Rose do this about two months before, plus, this being my second time around, I was freakishly calm. "I'm just going to change before going to the hospital. That's okay, right?"
"Umm, yeah," Sabrina answered hesitantly. "An extra five minutes shouldn't hurt. We just don't want to risk infection once your water has broken."
"I won't be but three minutes," I smiled.
"Good. See you soon."
"You're seriously going to change first?" Emmett asked incredulously after I hung up.
"I'm not going to the hospital in wet pants," I snapped. "And by the way, Emmett, I'm so sorry my uterus didn't consult with you and your social calendar before deciding to go into labor," I said as I walked up the stairs to my bedroom to change my underwear and pants.
"Dang, Bells, you sound like Snappy. She's rubbed off on you after all these years," Emmett called after me.
"Emmett, you can DVR it!" Rosalie told her husband. "You know what? I think Sabrina has it on DVD anyway." I laughed and shook my head. Emmett was going to miss "A Charlie Brown Christmas" on television that night.
"Just drop me off and come back," I said as I came back down the stairs. "Edward and Sabrina are meeting me there."
Emmett's eyes lit up.
"You will not leave her until Sabrina and Edward are there. Do you understand, Emmett?" Rosalie warned her husband.
"Babe, come on. What do you take me for? Of course," he said as if he were shocked his wife even entertained the idea that he would have left me there on the curb or something. "It's my new nephew in there," he grinned as he kissed Rose good-bye as well kissing Ethan's curly brown hair. "See you later, sporty."
Rose and Alice hugged me goodbye as Emmett ushered me out of the house and into my car after switching on our outside Christmas lights. I made him drive my sedan since there'd was no way I could have heaved myself up and into his Jeep.
"Thanks for taking one for the team and driving me to the hospital," I told Emmett.
He grinned. "Hey, no problem. You know I was just kidding. I can watch the Charlie Brown special anytime," he laughed. I gave him a playful punch. "Wow, you're really okay," he commented.
I shrugged. "Why waste energy, you know? I'll need it to push later." I said as I blew out a long breath as I felt another contraction. Emmett nodded.
"At least your water broke at home," Emmett said.
"True," I agreed. Rosalie and Alice had the misfortune of their water breaking in public.
Rose and Emmett had been at a car show in late October, a week before she was actually due. I knew Rosalie was into cars, but she must have really been excited over some high-powered sports car that afternoon. It was a good thing that her water didn't break when she was sitting in one of the display vehicles. That would have not only been messy but expensive as well. They probably would have had to buy it on the spot.
Alice was at Pixie C's when hers broke the first week of November. And lucky for her and her inventory she hadn't made a mess or ruined any stock. She was also a week early. Ethan and Lola were only a week apart so it was like we had another set of twins in the family. Triplets, really when we counted our son, who decided to come a week early as well. He was actually due on Christmas Day. It was a good thing, in hindsight, that he came earlier. We were supposed to host Christmas this year and things would have been nutty enough without my going into labor over Christmas dinner. Three infants, the Threepeat as we referred to them, at the same time was breeze after having Nessie, Lilly, and the twins all at the same time. We were pros now. As long as we had each other to rely on anyway.
"Eight kids," Emmett breathed while shaking his head.
I giggled. "I know. Amazing isn't it? Weren't we just in college?"
"Who knew I'd be such a responsible adult?" Emmett mused.
"Yeah really," I agreed. I laughed when Emmett scowled and pouted with a hey!
"I'm just kidding, Emmett. You've been an excellent father, and a really great brother-in-law," I smiled.
"Thanks, kid. Edward did himself the biggest favor of his life by wooing you."
"Wooing?" I asked, quirking my eyebrow.
"All right. Courting," Emmett corrected himself.
I rolled my eyes. "And Rosalie did you the biggest favor of your life by…" I blew out another breath. "…training you?"
"You got that right!"
I laughed but then winced, "Ow, Emmett, don't make me laugh right now. It's a little uncomfortable."
"Sorry," he said as he pulled up to the hospital's entrance. Edward and Sabrina were already there. Emmett laughed again upon seeing his brother. "Eddie looks like he's having contractions too."
"Damn it, Emmett," I laughed grasping my belly. "Cut it out." That only caused Emmett to laugh more.
Edward opened my door as soon as Emmett came to a stop.
"Bella, how are you doing?" Edward asked as he helped me out of the car and into the wheelchair that he and Sabrina had waiting for me.
"I'm fine," I answered with a reassuring smile. I kissed him softly and tried smoothing out his furrowed brow. "I thought you were with a patient."
"Oh, Sabrina gave me the sign and we let our new associate take over. The patient was new so it wasn't serious. Just a get-to-know-you session, but it would have taken a while all the same. Now Dr. Malone has a new patient under his care." Edward shrugged like it was no big deal.
"What's the sign that Sabrina gave you?" I asked curiously.
"I knock on his door five times like this," Sabrina said as she demonstrated the knock on the window of my car. "Ba-by-boy-cul-len," she said as she rapped on the glass. "Or get-your-ass-out-here," she laughed as she knocked again five times.
"We've had the system in place for weeks," Edward grinned.
"Nice," I said. I looked at Emmett, still in the driver's seat. "Thanks, Emmett. Enjoy Charlie Brown."
Emmett gave me a thumbs up. "Thanks. Good luck with…all that. Call us when you're ready for visitors."
"Will do," I smiled as he drove away. "Okay, let's roll."
Edward started wheeling me while Sabrina walked along side us. We got checked in quickly and were in the delivery room in no time. Once the nurse checked me out and told me I was already five centimeters dilated, I asked for my epidural and then got hooked up to the machines they needed to monitor my contractions and blood pressure and heart rate as well as the baby's. Edward was looking at all the monitors while Sabrina and I talked.
"Bella, I'm so excited I get to be in here with you the whole time this time," she beamed. I agreed. The first time around with Nessie, Sabrina had the twins via an emergency C-section while her mother took her place in the delivery room with Edward and me. "And you're so calm too. This is going to be a breeze, mama," she bubbled as she patted my shoulder.
"You're about to have another contraction, love," Edward warned from his spot in front of the monitor.
We glanced at Edward. Sabrina shrugged as I said, "Terrific," blandly. I couldn't feel a thing. It was fantastic.
About three hours later Sabrina was holding my left leg and Edward had my right one while I pushed out our seven-pound baby boy. Edward and Sabrina were very proud of me. I was very proud of me too. It was a textbook delivery, and it really was easier the second time around, just as Alice and Rosalie had told me a couple months before.
Sabrina left to call our parents and the rest of the family while Edward I took turns holding the baby and grinning stupidly at each other. Edward would have been happy if we had another girl, of course, but something about having a little boy made my husband giddy. Edward Anthony Cullen Junior was the new joy in our lives and the most perfect Christmas present ever.
A couple hours later the family was over to visit, and Nessie met her little brother. She opted not to stay in the hospital with us that night, though, saying that she could love on the new baby when we got home. She was such a little grownup. She much rather wanted to have a slumber party with her cousins anyway.
Like the rest of the family, Edward was completely mesmerized by baby Edward. He'd hold him any chance he got, and wouldn't take his eyes off of our son when I nursed him, held him, or even when the little guy was sleeping.
"What do you think, Edward?" I asked sometime in the middle of the night while Edward was holding our son, smiling down at him like a lovesick schoolgirl. That actually made me think of the time in college when Sabrina accused Edward of having a man crush on Rylan. Now he was in the grips of a severe dad crush. "Are we giving him a nickname? You know Emmett's going to call him Little Eddie." Emmett had done that earlier in the day already, much to my Edward's chagrin.
Edward smiled crookedly as he shook his head, probably at his own brother. "Junior will never be called Eddie." Edward spoke with conviction. "Not unless he actually tells us he doesn't mind it," he qualified. I had to laugh. Edward certainly had a strong opinion on the matter.
"Okay. Junior it is," I smiled. And he was a junior, the spitting image of his father with the crazy bronze hair sticking up this way and that and, ultimately, green eyes, though they didn't decide to be green for a while, staying the generic bluish color that almost every kid was born with at first.
I was home a day and a half later. Edward was holding down the fort, with the help of our family and friends, of course, while I recovered from the delivery and nursed Junior. I couldn't go up and down the stairs yet, per doctor's orders, so Edward set up a makeshift bedroom in my office on the first floor of the house. I felt bad for making him go up and down the stairs a few dozen times a day to get me things from our bedroom, but he was such a trooper about it.
It had been right before Christmas as well, so Edward took the rest of the time off from when Junior was born throughout the holiday to be with the family. I was so grateful he had finally gone into private practice. Had he still been working at the hospital, he never would have been able to do that. Edward was always a wonderful husband and father, but we got to see him a lot more once he joined Sabrina's office. And I truly was blessed that I had married the sweetest man alive, though I was sure all my girlfriends would have begged to differ, each believing she had married the sweetest man alive.
And Christmas this year? It was a complete zoo, but we all loved every crazy second of it. Three generations of our families were represented. Four, actually, counting Sabrina's grandparents who had visited for a long weekend. Grandparents, Great grandparents, mothers, fathers, kids, siblings, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, aunts, and uncles were all there. If I could borrow an old catchphrase from McDonald's, we were all about food, folks, and fun. And diapers. Our parents were out of their minds, though, with happiness for having all of us together over the holidays.
It wasn't until after the New Year that things were beginning to settle down at the zoo that was our four homes combined. I enjoyed being at home, only working with one author now rather than two to three that I was sometimes assigned to. Rosalie scaled down her schedule as well, leaving her firm, technically, but would get hired on as a consultant. We two were both home most of the time. The Fab Four were in kindergarten so it was Rose and me with the Threepeat, Junior, Ethan, and Lola while Alice and Sabrina worked full time.
Alice was about to open up another boutique exclusively for kids called Lilly and Lola's so she was working like crazy while Sabrina and Edward were adding more to their office, bringing in a dermatologist, a couple chiropractors, and massage therapists. Their office really was a one-stop medical and therapeutic shop.
Jasper and Rylan were both tenured professors at the university now, and both had a moderately busy schedule between teaching, academic advising, and conducting research in their respective fields in order to ultimately get published in professional journals since that's what the school pushed for from their instructors.
Emmett had two sports equipment stores open now himself and enough support staff to be able to keep his schedule flexible so it was not unusual for him to be around the house or picking up the Fab Four from school or taking the girls to dance or Beckham to Little Ninjas Tae Kwon Do.
Still, with that calm schedule, we adults didn't get the opportunity to hang out with each other as often as we'd like. We still made time for our date nights with our spouses and that was nice, but I missed just spending time together.
I guess I wasn't the only one who craved time with our friends because in February the guys had cooked up a little plan. Rose, Alice, Sabrina, and I each got a bouquet of flowers delivered to us along with a note telling us to be ready at Sabrina's house on Friday evening at six. Alice was in on it only in as much as she had picked out our ensembles for the night.
Of course we girls had conferred with each other wondering what the heck was going to happen to the kids for the evening, but that had been covered already apparently. George and Chera came and took the Fab Four while Carlisle and Esme, took the infants and Emma and a friend of hers to Forks.
The men were nowhere to be seen while we got ready at Sabrina's.
"What do you know about this, Alice?" Sabrina asked as she was finishing up her makeup application.
"Nothing. I swear. I was only told to get the hottest dresses for the four of us for dinner tonight, hence the haute couture. But it's not like I didn't try to coerce more information out of Jasper," she laughed. "They must really want to surprise us because I told Jazz I'd, uh, pleasure him orally if he told me."
We three just stared at Alice for a good three seconds before erupting into laughter.
"What?" Rose and I asked simultaneously.
"He didn't go for that?" Sabrina asked dubiously. "Men don't turn down blow jobs. They just don't."
"Oh, he hesitated but no dice," Alice said shaking her head.
"Wow," I breathed. "Thanks for trying though, Alice."
We were dressed, made up, and ready to go by six o'clock. And right on time, the doorbell rang. Sabrina opened the door to our four men all dressed in tuxes. My jaw dropped, as did the other women's. There was nothing like a man, especially my man, dressed in a tux. Fine didn't begin to cover it.
I couldn't keep the smile on my lips from spreading into a full out grin. They all looked fantastic. Alice and Sabrina even whistled at them while Rose and I threw out a couple call calls as each of them came in and kissed their respective wives' lips.
"You look outstanding, love," Edward complimented me as he fingered the blue silk of my off-the-shoulder dress.
"What? This old thing?" I asked waving him off earning me chuckle from my very handsome husband.
The men helped us on with our coats and then offered us their arms, escorting us outside to where a limousine was waiting for us.
"Are we going to prom or something?" Sabrina asked as we got in.
"Not quite, but close," Rylan answered cryptically.
We ladies furrowed our brows as we exchanged looks while Emmett poured us each a glass of Riesling once the limo got going.
"Where are we going?" I asked Edward.
Edward looked to the other men and they all seemed to give him a nod of consensus.
"Well, we wanted to show our beautiful wives how much we love you and how much we appreciate you and what you do for us and our families."
"Awww," we four women breathed together. Edward smiled crookedly. Smugness showing in his grin. I had to give him a kiss of appreciation.
"So…" Jasper continued from where Edward left off. "We have reserved a special room at none other than…drum roll please, Emmett." We smiled looking at Emmett as he did a verbal drum roll. "The Crowne Plaza in beautiful downtown Seattle," Jasper finished his portion with a smile as Rylan took over.
"Where we will be enjoying a wonderful five course dinner and dancing while a jazz quartet plays our favorite songs in the background. And then afterwards…" Rylan trailed off.
We all looked to Emmett.
"Bow Chicka Bow Bow," Emmett scatted in what I assumed to be porn music emulation.
"What my eloquent brother is trying to say," Edward interrupted, "is that we each have our own suite reserved for the weekend. We've already packed a small bag for each of you, but in the morning…"
"After breakfast in bed, thank you very much," Rylan interjected pointing his forefinger.
Edward nodded, smiling, "Right. After breakfast in bed, you ladies will get spa treatments of your choice, maybe a little shopping if you feel like it…"
Alice started clapping and bouncing up and down in her seat. Edward shook his head at his sister as he continued. "…Before returning back to your respective suites where we will each be waiting for you."
"Bow Chica Bow Bow," Emmett sang again causing us all to laugh. Emmett was just so classy.
"This is so nice," Sabrina sighed as she snuggled in closer to Rylan.
"It is. Thank you," I said resting my head on Edward's shoulder. He wrapped his arm around me and held me tightly to him.
"You guys came up with this all on your own?" Alice asked. "I'm so impressed." She tilted her chin up so that Jasper could give her a chaste kiss.
"How long have you had this planned?" Rose asked as she patted Emmett's leg.
"It was a major operation on our part getting this coordinated. Plus, we're in monkey suits 'cause we know you ladies dig us dressed to the nines like this. We deserve some good, good lovin' for putting this together." Emmett nodded, approving of his own assertion. "Am I right, gentlemen?"
The boys exchanged pretty cocky looks with what was supposed to be a stealthy nod of their head, while we girls just looked at each other and rolled our eyes. As if they weren't going to get good, good loving without pointing that out to us. I mean, a weekend away from the house, no children, no diapers, no cooking, no laundry, and no running around. Expectations of good, good loving aside, this was one of the most considerate things they'd ever done for us.
Once we got to the Crowne Plaza, the guys escorted us to our banquet room. While they retrieved the bags that they had packed and checked in, we girls enjoyed another glass of wine before dinner while waiting for our men.
We all agreed that they had really outdone themselves this time and just reveled in the prospect of time away from real life and responsibilities.
Over dinner we talked and joked and laughed like we had always done when we hung out together, but didn't have the opportunity to do much anymore. It was a little unsettling at first. My girlfriends and I would exchange looks occasionally and then burst into laughter.
"What?" the guys would ask.
We'd usually just shake our heads, none of us willing to let them in on our collective mental illness, or at the very least some serious behavioral conditioning.
Finally, Sabrina relented and explained. "It's just weird to be able to sit down for an extended amount of time to eat and finish a meal without having to refill glasses of milk or…cut up someone's food for them."
The rest of us nodded.
"And I can't believe that the last time I changed a diaper was four hours ago and I won't have to change one again until Sunday!" I laughed.
"Right?" Alice and Rose both agreed.
Sabrina looked at the clock. "And I should be giving the twins their baths right about now," she commented in disbelief.
"And there are toys that need to be picked up and books and clothes to be put away before bedtime," Alice added.
"And dishes," Rose chimed in.
"Yes, and dishes," Sabrina and I agreed.
The men just looked from one of us to the other as we took turns listing our usual domestic responsibilities.
"See, that's why we wanted to do this," Jasper pointed out. "Aside from the good, good loving," he smiled and winked at Alice. "You are the greatest wives and moms and friends. We just wanted to do you a small solid in thanks for all that you do for us."
"Awww," we ladies collectively gushed again.
"Bow Chica Bow Bow," Emmett sang, and we all laughed again.
"Hey, remember the first time we were all out together including Rylan?" Alice asked.
Sabrina and Rylan looked at each other and grinned at the memory.
"It was Edward's birthday," Sabrina answered. "He ordered Smurf pee shots and…hey!" Sabrina looked at Emmett with wide eyes.
"Heck yes! I'm on it, Snappy," he nodded getting up from the table to talk to a server about bringing us shots of Hypnotic.
"Uh-oh," I said shaking my head. Shots? I hadn't done a shot in…forever!
"Oh, yeah," Emmett grinned upon returning to the table. A server followed Emmett in with a tray of eight shot glasses containing the blue vodka.
"How many Smurfs had to die for this?" Sabrina asked, repeating her words from that night years ago. We all laughed. "Okay, where were we?" she asked after we all downed the shot and shook off the slight burn that was left in the wake of the alcohol sliding down our throats.
"The first night we all went out," Rose reminded her.
"Oh yeah. That was before Ry and I began dating, and Edward and the rest of you guys had a man crush on Rylan," she recalled. Alice and Rose and I all laughed. The guys were pretty obsessed with Rylan at the time. He was a star football player, and disturbingly, they all knew his stats.
"Rylan passed the drink test that night," Alice remembered.
"That's right," I smiled. Sabrina told Rylan to surprise her with a drink while we went into the bathroom and dished.
"I knew that night you and Beefcake would end up together," Alice grinned.
"Really?" Rylan asked. "I didn't even stay long that night. I was here for the insane Smurf conversation…" We all laughed again. That was an insane conversation. "…and then my buzz was killed when…" Rylan trailed off as he looked at Edward.
"Ohhhh!" we all groaned and winced at the same time. "Tanya!"
I looked at Edward too, laughing while he cringed. Tanya all but molested Edward that night right in front of me, right in front of all of us really. I shook my head at the memory.
"Oh my god! Remember elephant shoe?" Rose asked excitedly.
"Of course," Rylan and Sabrina answered together. That was their code for I love you.
"Is the big elephant still around?" Rylan asked Emmett.
"Yeah, it's in Rose's office in the house. All the elephant shoes still are on it. They have been on it since you two moved back from Cali."
"Nice," we all nodded with small knowing smiles.
"It was because of me, by the way," Edward spoke up, "that Sabrina and Rylan got together."
"Whaaaat?" the rest of questioned giving Edward a look suggesting that he was crazy.
"It was," he insisted earnestly while the rest of us simultaneously negated his statement.
"Whatever," Alice admonished.
"We would have gotten together eventually," Rylan said.
"I would have asked him out myself," Sabrina contested.
"You had nothing to do with that," I laughed lightly smacking Edward's arm.
"Well, I set the wheels in motion," Edward explained while circling one of his hands around the other. We all just laughed and rolled our eyes at him.
"Man, that was a lifetime ago, but it still seems like it was just yesterday," Sabrina mused.
"We've had some great memories," Edward said with a wistful look in his eye.
We all silently agreed as we were each lost in our own thoughts for just a moment. Flashes of our past pushed their way to the forefront of my mind. Edward had stopped hanging out with us because of Tanya—Tanyagate, as we had referred to that ordeal. I remembered when Edward and I finally got together. Our first time. His proposal. Birthday parties. Our condo and the paintings that Sabrina put up there. Sabrina and Rylan living next door to us, their break up, Sabrina's depression, her loft apartment. I recalled when they got back together and how she called Rylan her concubine. That spring Rosalie had Emma, we all graduated, Edward and I got married. I remembered our honeymoon in Italy. I recalled the other weddings, Rose and Emmett's, when my girlfriends and I had the emotional meltdown in the limo the night before the wedding. I also remembered sharing in the happiness of Alice and Jasper's wedding and later when Sabrina and Rylan tied the knot once they got settled in the Silicon Valley. We were so madly in love and didn't think we could ever be happier but then we had our daughter and our friends had their children. The Fab Four: Lilly, Nessie, Becks, and Mya. Then the new Threepeat. We always seemed to be celebrating. No matter how blessed and content we were, something happened that would add to our already wonderfully rich lives, new babies, new career paths. Life had definitely been good to us.
"You think our kids will put us all in the same old folks' home?" Emmett asked bringing the rest of us out of our memories.
"Oh god! How fun would that be?" Sabrina grinned.
"You'll be hitting us with your cane when we watch the Cubs and Bears games," Jasper said to Sabrina. She stuck her tongue out at him.
"Alice'll be making over me and all the other old ladies in the home," I commented, shuddering at the idea of her making me wear the requisite old lady pink lipstick and putting our hair in roller sets and perms.
"Edward and Sabrina could play piano while we all eat our dinner of puréed prunes and Yankee beans," Alice laughed.
"We can all soak our dentures together. Mine will have a platinum grill on them of course," Sabrina added.
"Will our kids be changing our diapers?" Edward asked making a face.
We all groaned, "Ewww!" That, I didn't want to even think about.
"Will you still love me when I smell like Bengay?" Emmett asked Rosalie.
The rest of us wrinkled our noses in disgust again and laughed.
"Of course, baby," Rose answered kissing Emmett lightly on the lips. "Will you still love me in my granny panties?"
The look of horror that registered on Emmett's face for the fraction of a second before he nodded his head in assent was priceless. We were all snickering.
"You hesitated!" Rose accused him as she smacked Emmett's shoulder.
"No I didn't, Rosie. I'll always love you and your granny panties," Emmett promised. "I swear!"
There was a lull in the conversation after we calmed ourselves down from our fits of laughter, so we decided to get up and dance. The quartet was playing The Way You Look Tonight.
Each couple was lost in their own little private bubble, staring at only each other's eyes while occasionally spinning and twirling to the song.
"This is so great," I said looking up at Edward. He bent his face down slightly to brush his lips against mine. "This night is perfect. Thank you," I smiled at Edward, soaking up the good vibrations from the happiness radiating from my husband as well as the joy rolling off in waves from our best friends.
We were so blessed to be here with each other. We'd shared a lifetime of memories already. Some good, some not as good, but we were always there for each other every moment of the way. I didn't know if we'd end up in the same old folks' home one day, but I knew we still had another lifetime of memories still to share with each other, our parents, our kids, and God willing, our kids' kids.
"I love you, Isabella," Edward whispered in my ear, tickling me and sending a shiver down my spine. After all these years, he still had the same effect on me. I reciprocated his sentiment with a kiss, pouring all the emotion I felt at that moment into the kiss.
I hoped our Fab Four and our Threepeat would find the same kind of friendship and love their parents found. If they experienced even a sliver of the love I felt from the beautiful and wonderful people in the room with me at this moment, they'd be the luckiest people on earth.
A/N -Sigh- Thanks again for reading, guys! You were a small faction, but loyal to me nonetheless. I appreciate everyone who has reviewed and/or put this story on alert or on their favorites list. Elephant shoe!