|In Living Color
Author: Kim Ginsberg PM
Advertising CEO Edward Cullen has a secret, he goes to see the woman of his dreams daily. She thinks he's just there for the food. She can't imaging he could like her back. Waitress Bella Swan is hiding a secret. She's a young mom and lusts for one of her older customers. Will their age difference matter to either of them when they find out the truth? A/H HEARated: Fiction M - English - Romance/Family - Edward & Bella - Chapters: 36 - Words: 98,290 - Reviews: 2,584 - Favs: 1,336 - Follows: 1,715 - Updated: 05-09-13 - Published: 09-18-12 - Status: Complete - id: 8536252
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A/N: The plot bunnies attack once again! Here's a new fic I've been playing with. I hope you love it as much as I do.
I want to thank iloveedward12, flamingpen18, hapakids, Teamhotmen, and EmmaLee Rose for pre-reading. This will be un beta'd.
SM owns all. I just play with them, hehe.
Warning- Please either pee first, or get on your shanties(ShamWow panties) in case of laughing so hard, you pee your pants! LOL AND/OR tissues if you are a crier. Some chapters will be sad.
A/N: HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! I am posting a day early to celebrate. I hope you all like it! Love and thanks to you all!
~Previously on ILC~
"OK, Rose. Thanks," I say as I take Bella's hand and lead her through the house, out the door and to the car. We head off of the island and towards the city not knowing what will happen when we get there.
It is quiet on the drive back into Seattle. I can tell Edward is freaking out about what Jenks could possibly want on a Saturday. Edward pulls into a parking garage under a large high rise and we head to the elevator and Jenks. We rise to the top floor and get off to see an empty lobby.
"Come on, Bella. I know where his office is," Edward says as we walk down the hall to a large office. He knocks on the door and it opens revealing a middle aged man who looks at us sadly.
"Hello, Edward. Who is this?" he asks, pointing at me.
"Isabella Cullen, this is Jason Jenks. Jenks, my wife, Bella." He looks at me in surprise and smiles slightly.
"It's nice to meet you, Bella. Would you be the one I am handling the case of sexual harassment in the workplace?"
"That would be correct, Jenks." I hold out my hand to shake his. We do and he stands back to let us into his office.
"Please come in, we need to talk, Edward." We walk in and he leads us over to a couch and chair area. Edward and I sit on the couch, as Jenks sits on one of the chairs across from us.
"Why did you call me to come in on a Saturday?" Edward asks.
"I need to talk to you about Tanya." Jenks sighs as Edward tenses up next to me.
"I don't want to discuss her. I think Bella and I will be on our way now." Edward goes to stand up when Jenks stops him.
"She's dead, Edward. Please sit down."
"Dead?" I ask.
"Yes, but I did her will and she left Edward something. It's important to deal with this right now, today." Edward sits back down next to me and looks confused.
"What did she leave me?"
"How about I give you the letter that goes with it and you can read it now?" He reaches over and grabs an envelope and hands it to Edward. His hands shake as he opens it, then holds it in front of both of us to read.
If you are reading this, then I am gone. First, I want to apologize for everything I put you through when we were younger. I was young and dumb. I am now older and know better. I know I can never make up for it all, but I want to try.
I got drunk in Vegas and was left pregnant and alone. I didn't find out about the baby till it was too late. My parents disowned me so I was on my own with him. I did it all alone, but he was worth it. I now see why you wanted kids. He is amazing. I just wish I saw him grow up to be a good man, like you.
I don't know if you will agree, but I hope you will since you are the only hope I have of him having a good home. I hope you are happy and healthy, and maybe married and have kids of your own by now. I was selfish in my younger years, but now know better. I hired a private investigator to find his dad, but he came up with nothing. You are my only hope of him not going into foster care.
Edward Jacob Denali, or EJ as he is known, was born on your birthday. I named him after the best man I knew. You. I contacted Jenks after I had him to put measure in place in case something happened to me. I can't even think about him being in the world alone, so I have left him in your care. I know you will raise him as your own, and take care of him to the best of your ability. I want you to adopt him and raise him to be as wonderful and loving as you are.
Please look up and tell Jenks you will do this for me. I know I was shitty to you all those years ago, and got rid of something that was so precious, but I hope after all these years you will forgive me and do this for me, for him. Please I beg you, do this one last thing for me. I am trying to make up a little for the hurt I put you through years ago. I am more sorry than you'll ever know. Don't take out your hatred of me out on this innocent baby. Please take him in as your own and let me make this up to you for what I did in the past. I didn't really know what love was until I had him.
I'm sorry, and I will be forever in your debt for you agreeing to this.
I look over to see Edward crying quietly. He looks over to me and looks surprised to see tears running down my cheeks.
"What do you think, baby?" I ask quietly. "I know she hurt you, but can we honestly leave this little boy to foster care? He doesn't have anyone to love him."
"You are my wife, and what you want will be considered too, baby," he whispers through his tears.
"Would you like to meet him? He's here with his social worker from Social Services."
"Bring him in, Jenks. I want to see this baby," Edwards tells him. Jenks gets up and goes to the door, opens it and a woman walks in with a baby. He has brown hair and big blue eyes. He looks over at us and smiles.
"Hi, baby boy," I coo to him. He holds his little hands out to me. I walk over and take him from the woman and snuggle him into me.
"Well you're a natural," the social worker says to me.
"I would hope so, I have a three year old." I look back at Edward. "We, have a three year old."
"So you know about babies and kids?" she asks.
"Yes, I have raised her almost alone for the last three years."
"Where is her father?"
"He died when I was pregnant. I have raised her with my dad's support on my own."
"And Mr. Cullen?"
"Is my husband now. We got married six days ago. He is so good with Katie. He's a natural Dad." I stand there with EJ in my arms and sway him in place. He seems happy and content in my arms.
"What are you thinking, Edward?" Jenks asks.
"It looks like Bella is fine with it, so am I. Start the adoption process. We will take him," he states.
"Jenks?" I ask.
"Yes, Mrs. Cullen?"
"It's Bella. Can you please start the process for Edward to adopt Katie too?"
"You got it, Bella. I can do that for you."
"Do you mind me coming to check out your place sometime this week so I can make sure he's being taken care of properly?" the social worker asks.
"Sure. We both work at Cullen during the day, but anytime after five will be fine," I answer.
"Do you have stuff to take care of him? A crib and such?"
"Just let me know what formula, size diapers and such and we will hit the store after we leave here. Do you have a car seat for him?" I ask.
"I have a diaper bag and car seat for him."
"Then that's all we need. We can take care of the rest when we leave. Walmart is going to be very happy with our money," I play. She laughs at my words. "Jenks will give you our home and work addresses, feel free to come by either whenever you want."
"I like you, Bella. You have made this very easy for me to feel at ease with leaving little EJ with you both. He seems like he will be in good hands with you."
"I will treat him as my own," I reply as I kiss the top of his little head. "He is just too cute. So, he will be one next month?"
"Yes, the poor thing didn't even have his mom a whole year," she replies sadly.
"If I can ask, what happened to Tanya?" I ask.
"She was in a car crash last night. She died on impact. The babysitter called the police when she didn't come home and I went and got EJ from her. Jenks was her emergency contact at the hospital so he was called and met me at the hospital. He told me about her will and Edward, so we contacted you as soon as we could. And here we are. It seems like everything will work out for EJ. He will have two parents who will take care of him and he won't be alone in this world."
"No he won't. Bella and I will take care of his as our own, he will have a big sister to look after him, and maybe more siblings in the future." Edward looks at me and winks.
"We just got married, and now have two kids. We will see about more babies later," I answer.
"My work here is done. Jenks has my number if you need me," the social worker says.
"Thank you, have a nice weekend. We need to go to Walmart and do some shopping, then go home to our daughter. Today is her birthday. We were at my in-laws celebrating when Jenks called."
"Wish your daughter happy birthday from me. It looks like she got a brother for her birthday," she laughs out. I over to Edward and smile.
"How are we going to top this next year?" I tease.
"We'll buy her a pony," he states. I roll my eyes as everyone starts to laugh, making the sleeping baby in my arms startle.
"Shhhh, EJ is sleeping. No loud noises," I scold.
"I see Mrs. Cullen now thinks of him as hers," she laughs out. "She is gonna go all mama bear on anyone who screws with him."
"Damn straight. He is mine now. He needs a mom, and he will have one," I state.
"Have a nice weekend all. I will see you all at some point this week."
"Feel free to call or come by anytime."
"Call me Tiffany. Thanks again, Mr. and Mrs. Cullen, it's nice to see a couple take in a baby and love him like their own."
"We will see you soon, Tiffany. Thank you and see you soon," I say as she walks out the door. I look over and see Edward beaming at me. "What?"
"Being my wife, giving me a family, helping me take in a baby that is not ours. Need I go on?"
"Most of all, thank you for wanting me to adopt Katie. I want her, EJ and you. Forever."
"And maybe one of our own?" I tease.
"One, two, a hundred. Whatever you say, baby. I love you."
"I love you too. Now let's head out to Walmart and get this little guy what he needs. Call the family and have them meet us at the penthouse in two hours."
"How are we getting a crib and stuff home?" he asks.
"Ask Em to meet us at Walmart in an hour with his truck. Just don't tell him why. I want EJ to be a surprise."
"Whatever you say, Mrs. Cullen." Jenks can only laugh at our exchange as Edward pulls out his cell and dials.
"While he does that, can we talk, Bella?"
"Sure, Jenks. What's up?"
"Can we go talk in the chairs in front of my desk so Edward can make his call?"
"Sure, I need to sit. EJ is getting heavy in my arms." We walk over and sit in the chairs in front of his desk. "What's up?"
"I wanted to let you know I filed the suit against your ex-employer. We have court next month for it. I have gone to the diner and talked to the other employees. Apparently this isn't the first time he has done this. But, it will be his last. No one screws with my clients and gets away with it. I am going after him for everything he's worth and more."
"Remind me to stay on your good side, Jenks," I play.
"I'm sure you will, Bella. I will give you the date to show up to court later this week."
"Thanks, Jenks. We will talk soon," I say as Edward comes over to us.
"Everything alright, Bella?"
"We are fine, Edward. What happened?"
"They will all meet us, your dad included. Em will meet us at Walmart in an hour, so let's haul and get stuff done."
"Yes, sir." I salute him. Jenks starts to laugh at us.
"I like her, Edward. She's a keeper."
"Oh, I plan to, Jenks. She's my life. Her and the kids."
"I see that. I will file those papers on Monday for both adoptions and call with the court date for Bella's case against Mr. Newton."
"Talk to you this week. Thank you," Edward says shaking his hand. I walk over to the couch and place EJ into his car seat, locking it into place, grab his diaper bag and head for Edward and the door. We take EJ and place him behind the passenger seat in the seat belt and head for Walmart. "Do I even want to know how much stuff we are going to need to buy for him?"
"It will be fine, baby. We can buy a crib, diapers, wipes, bottles, formula and such and head back home. We can figure out the rest later."
"That doesn't sound too bad," he says as we pull into Walmart and head inside. I place EJ into the top of the cart and head for the baby department. We walk through the clothes, I check his size as I walk. I grab a few that I like as we walk to where the big stuff is. I point to a crib I see and smile.
"That one, it can be converted to a toddler bed, then a full."
"OK, what else?"
"A high chair," I point to one with jungle animals on it. Edward grabs the box and puts it into the cart.
"Bottles, formula, diapers and wipes," I state as we walk towards them.
"What size and kind of diapers?" he asks. I check the diaper bag to find size three Pampers.
"Size three Pampers. Grab the box on the bottom shelf." He places them on the bottom rack of the cart, then walks over to the wipes. "Grab the box of generic ones. Wipes don't need to be name brand." He puts the box of wipes with the diapers.
"I'm gonna go grab an employee to help me with the crib and the mattress. Why don't you and EJ go get bottles and formula while I do that."
"That works for me," I say as I walk to the bottles and formula on the next aisle while Edward walks away to find an employee to help. I check his bag and find regular bottles, sippy cups and formula. I grab more of the ones he already has, a bottle cap and nipple basket for the dishwasher, baby spoons, formula, baby food and snacks, and a few chew toys and head back into the clothes, grabbing some sheets and blankets for the crib, PJ's, socks, and a few outfits that I thought were so cute I had to get them for him. I grab a few outfits for Katie as well, and look around for Edward. I see him and an employee loading up the crib and a mattress onto a flatbed cart and head for me.
"We ready?" he asks as he eyes the full cart.
"Unless you want to get him more car seats, or a stroller," I tease.
"Oh, a stroller. Yes, let's get one of those. I saw one that comes with a car seat. Let's grab one," he says to the worker. He goes and grab a big box with a jungle theme, same as the high chair, and loads it onto the top of the bed.
"Is that everything?" the employee asks.
"I think so, we can always come back if we forgot anything."
"I'll help you to the front." We follow him to the registers and ring up everything. I don't even want to see the total. Edward swipes his credit card and is handed the receipt. We head for the door to find Emmett parked in the loading zone. He looks at us funny when he sees all the baby stuff. I am behind Edward with EJ in the cart. He has yet to see the baby.
"What's up with all the baby stuff, bro?" he asks Edward.
"It's for EJ," he replies.
"What the fuck?!" Em shrieks.
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