And here you have it. The end. I hope it was everything you expected it to be. For the new readers, I hope you enjoyed. For the repeat readers, I hope it was fun diving back in with this pair. Much love - SbP
There are things that you imagine and dream of as a kid, that you never think you will have.
When I was younger, I always thought I would love to have a nice house and a nice car and maybe even someone to spend my life with.
I doubt that most kids thought of those things, but since I figured I would never have them, I felt safe to imagine my life with them. After all, how could someone that never wanted to leave the house, be around people in his own home, or refuse to be touched, have those things that were viewed as normal?
Yet, now here I sit, in that place I imagined, with all of those things I never imagined I would have.
The sun was beating down and the sound of children screaming and laughing filled the air.
Bella squeezed my hand that she was holding, as the wind blew and her hair whipped around her face.
We watched as Lizzie ran around with her cousin; both of them playing with their dolls.
I was in a place that could be labeled as perfection now.
In the beginning, it wasn't as easy as I thought. Marrying Bella wasn't the challenge. The challenge was what came two weeks later, when we arrived home from our honeymoon and found out she was pregnant.
I spent Bella's whole pregnancy trying to come to terms that I was going to have to put myself out there; and not just for nine months, but for the rest of my life. There was no way that I would be able to sit in my house and get lost in myself ever again.
I would have to go to school functions, doctor's appointments, plays, play dates, sporting games and anything else that our child would be involved in.
Yeah, I could miss those things, but I didn't want to miss a moment of my child's life like I missed so much of my own.
I missed everything in my own childhood and I vowed the moment that Lizzie was born that I would relive all that I missed with her.
She was just about five now; and in those five short years we had already done so much together.
The first time I held her it was like my life came together. She cried and screamed, but as soon as I held her to my chest and I gave away all of my own fears, she calmed down.
She melted my heart every time she smiled, laughed or even cried.
What Bella hadn't been able to completely repair and fix with me, Lizzie was able to heal the rest.
"Daddy, Daddy, can Emma spend the night tonight? Puleeease, Daddy?" My beautiful daughter looked up at me, her mouth in a small smile and her eyes wide, just like her mother's. She batted her lashes and held her hands up as if she was praying.
"Oh, you are the best, Daddy!" She wrapped her tiny arms around my waist and hugged me quickly, before running back to Emma.
"You will never tell her no again, will you? Bella asked from my side.
"Maybe, someday; like when she asks if she can date of boy, or get married. I'm likely to say no."
Bella smiled and shook her head. "What a typical male response."
"Sorry, babe, but she will always be my little girl."
Bella leaned into my side and kissed my cheek. "I love you, Edward."
"Love you, Bells."
To: Edward Masen
From: Isabella Masen
Date: Saturday, May 12th 2018 2:32 pm
Subject: Today was…
Today was the day I met you; seven, short years ago. In that time we have gone to the ends of the earth and back again, together. We got married; we had a beautiful daughter, and are living in a home that was officially ours from the start.
Who would have thought that breaking my computer would have led to all of that? You, Edward, you have given me life. I know that you feel that I've done so much for you and that you've never been able to repay me, but know, that every day, having you is all the repayment I need.
You gave me a purpose; a reason for living. You and you alone have done more than anyone else ever has. You helped me slow me down. You helped me to see the bigger picture that I was missing before I met you. You gave me the child that I never thought I would have. You made sure that every day since the day we said 'I do' that I was the happiest woman alive.
I will forever love and cherish you.
You are, and always will be, my everything.
Cullen, Volturi, Denali, and Masen Law Firm
I minimized the message from my wife after I read it twice.
An extra big smile came to my face when I read the email signature. She was finally a name partner; in fact it was announced just this week. Her name was added to the wall along with some of the greatest attorneys out there. I was proud of her. It was something I know she strived for and to now have that meant her world was complete.
Bella always knew what she wanted and with Lizzie, me and her career, she had it all.
I read over the email I was about to send to Bella. I had so much to tell her, yet I was sure she already knew it all.
To: Isabella Masen
From: Edward Masen
Date: Saturday, May 12th 2018 3:14 pm
Subject: Re: Today was…
My darling, Isabella,
I must say, I love that after all of these years we still communicate by email. So much of the beginning of our relationship was shared by written words.
I told you of my loves, and my fears. I gave you a part of me in those words that I had never given another. I shared everything with you. I trusted you and you alone with all of me. No one has ever and will ever have me like you do.
I think back to where I was seven years ago, before I met you.
I never left the house.
I never talked to anyone outside of work.
I never did anything; and I was happy that way…or I thought I was.
But then I met you, and you changed it all.
You gave me life.
You gave me a reason to live.
I never expected to be married to you after how our first interactions went. The fact that I nearly passed out on the phone with you, I figured that would have left a sour taste in your mouth. But from that moment you shocked me. You proved to me that you were special, and that I was just as special.
Then the first time I saw you in person; I insulted you and hurt your feelings, yet you never gave up. You were persistent in your emails; and then you appeared at my house.
Your persistence and desire is what made me whole.
You make me whole, and yet made me grow to make more room for our sweet angel.
Know that I would do it all over again. I would live my life in my home if I knew at the end it would lead me to you and then to Lizzie.
I will love you for forever and a day.