/ Futuretake /
A/N: Hey, guys! So as you already know by now, my lovely friend Packy was the one who planted the little plot bunny that is Summer Rose into my brain, then encouraged me to write it. Well, she found this adorable gifset on Tumblr that screamed Edward and Summer Rose in the future. I told her I would write a futuretake, and because she has been a little down and going through some things lately, I decided to finally write it as a surprise to cheer her up! I hope you enjoy it, lovely. x
Beta'd by: MyHeartOfMusic and YellowGlue
As Edward walks through the front door and tosses his keys onto the coffee table, a four year old Summer Rose climbs out of Bella's lap and barrels toward her father. Bending his knees, he scoops her up, his lips pulling back into a tender smile when she wraps her arms around his neck and squeezes him tightly.
"Hi, sweetie-pie." He greets her with a kiss to the cheek. "What did you do today with mommy?"
"We wen to de park and den we wen swemmn and den we did sum drawin den made froo salad for lunch! And we jus did sum painten!" Eyes shining with excitement, she shoves her little fingers in front of Edward's face. "See daddy look at ma hends, they boo and powpel!"
"Wow!" Edward grins at his little girl's enthusiasm. "It sounds like you had a lot of fun!"
"Lossa lossa fun, Daddy!"
Edward chuckles under his breath as his daughter bounces in his arms. He crosses the room and lowers himself onto the couch beside Bella. She leans forward and picks up the coloring book and pencils from the coffee table, placing them in her daughters lap.
With Summer tucked under his left arm, he wraps his free arm around his wife and pulls her closer. "Hey, baby." He ghosts his lips across her forehead, her temple and her nose, before his mouth finally meet hers in a gentle kiss.
Smiling against his lips, she kisses him back twice. "Hey, yourself."
"So you've had an eventful day, huh?"
"Mmm. Very eventful." She lifts her eyes to meet his. "How was your day?"
"Good. We had Captain Starlight come in today."
Bella's mouth lifts into a warm smile. "That would have been nice for the kids."
Summer pauses her coloring and looks between her parents. "Who's Capan Starlie?"
Edward smoothes out Summer's furrowed little brows. "It's a special person who comes into the hospital to cheer up the children who are feeling scared and sad."
"Oh," she says in a sad tone. "Sick children like Heidi?"
Bella gives her daughter a sad smile. "Yeah baby, like Heidi."
"But Heidi is awl bedda now." Summer states with a wide grin.
Edward presses a kiss to the top of her head. "She is."
"I love Heidi," Summer says through a yawn, curling into Edward's side. "She my fren."
Bella reaches out and runs her hand through Summer's hair. "Are you tired, baby?"
"Mmm." She hums with a small nod of her head.
"Come on, sugar-plum," Edward gently rubs her back as he scoots to the edge of the couch. "Let's give you a bath and get you into bed."
"Baf time!" Summer exclaims as she climbs out of Edward's lap.
"Go grab your jammies from your bedroom and I'll meet you in the bathroom, okay?"
"Okay!" She giggles before rushing away.
Bella laughs. "That girl really loves her daddy-daughter bath time."
"Because I make it fun." He says as he rises from the couch.
"Oh, I know all about the fun bath times with you, baby." She says with a waggle of her eyebrows.
"Oh, really?" He smirks as he places his hands on her knees.
She swallows thickly while leaning back as he inclines forward. "Mhm."
His hands move up her thighs and over her hips, continuing over her ribcage and pause at her breasts. She leans into his touch, but lets out a huff and narrows her eyes when the moment is short lived and his hands ghost across her collarbone then over her shoulders. Placing his palms on the couch on each side of her head, he cages her in with his arms. "You like our fun bath times, huh?" He murmurs, nibbling on her earlobe before kissing his way across her neck and along her jawline.
"Tum ooon, daddy!" Summer calls from the bathroom.
Bella lets out a groan while Edward gives her a mischievous grin. "To be continued, Mrs. Masen." He declares, giving her a chaste kiss on the lips before sauntering away.
As Edward walks into the bathroom, his mouth twitches with amusement at the sight of Summer Rose with her arms folded across her chest and an impatient scowl on her face. He plugs the bath and turns on the taps, running his hand under the water to test the temperature before facing his daughter.
"Why so grumpy, Miss Muffet?" He gets down on her level and boops her on the nose.
Her little lips pout. "You took tew wong."
"Patience, grasshopper." Smiling sweetly at her, he taps her lightly on the arms. "Arms up."
Summer giggles when Edward lightly tickles her ribs while he removes her shirt. He finishes undressing her, then turns off the tap. He tests the temperature of the water again before picking her up and placing her feet first in the bath, holding onto her tiny hands as she sits down in the water.
Cupping water in his palm, he releases it on the top of her head as he runs his hand down her hair. He repeats the action as she smiles up at him.
Summer hovers her foot above the water. "I hope my towes don't get awl kwinly."
"Should we pinch them off?"
When Edward playfully pinches her pinky toe, her mouth widens into an 'O' shape as she laughs lightly. She pulls her foot away and drops it back into the water before shifting onto her knees. While Edward fetches the shampoo from under the sink, Summer entertains herself by gliding her palms back and forth across the water. A half smile plays at the corner of her mouth as she watches the tiny ripples she's creating. She glances up when he returns and he gives her a gentle smile.
"You ready to wash your hair, munchkin?"
Nodding her head, she smiles wide.
Edward massages the shampoo into her hair, making her squirm and laugh when he tickles behind her ear. He rinses it out, then squirts some conditioner onto the top of her head. Summer helps to rub it into her scalp and then scoots forward. Rising on her knees, she reaches out. His eyes squeeze shut when she brushes his nose with both of her hands, covering it in soap-suds.
"Got ya nose!" She giggles.
He widens his eyes comically. "Uh-oh."
He gazes warmly at her as she runs her palms down his face. "You're pickly wike a porkapine, daddy."
He gives her a soft hearted smile, her touch giving him a feeling of serenity. Clearing his expression, he taps her chin and cheekily replies, "You need to shave, too!"
Summer splashes the water with her right hand, letting out a shriek of laughter. "Gewls don't need ta shave thewer face, Daddy!"
Grinning in levity, he turns his head to the side to avoid the shower of water. Turning his gaze back to her, he feigns shock. "Are you sure?"
"Yes!" she replies, nodding her head vigorously.
"Hmmm. I guess you're right," he says, rinsing out the conditioner from her hair. Pursing his lips, he taps his chin in mock contemplation. "As long as you're one-hundred percent certain?"
She sighs in melodramatic exasperation.
Edward laughs as he rises from the ground to grab her towel before sitting on the bath's edge and extending his hand. "I'm just kidding, princess."
"You're siwwy, Daddy." She takes his hand and stands up, stretching her arms out to the side.
He lifts her and places her on his lap, wrapping the towel around her. "Let's get you dried and dressed."
With eyes filled with deep love, she gazes up at him and brushes her fingertips down his face. "I'm glad Mistewer Carwile helped yew when you was hurt."
Lead forms in Edward's stomach from the foggy memories of slipping in and out of consciousness, fighting for his life on the other side of the world while Bella was unable to make contact to see if he was okay. And then the memory of Summer's birth, only made possible via a phone call and images sent in an email. He swallows the lump that's lodged itself in his windpipe and clears his throat before he speaks. "Me too, baby,"
His heart burns as though it's been engulfed by flames, and his soul trembles at the thought that in another life, he may not have made it through to meet his little girl at all, and Bella would be a single mother. Another life, where he may not be living this moment with his little girl as he is now. And it's these paternal moments that make Edward thankful he still has his life.
"Me too." He repeats, pinching his eyes shut and pressing a kiss to her forehead.
So, there you go! I hope you loves enjoyed a little glimpse into Daddyward in the future with Summer Baby:) thanks so much for all your support! Gifset will be posted on my Twitter.
- Nat x