DISCLAIMER: The characters do not belong to me…they are all the creations of the wonderful Stephenie Meyer. This idea comes from a line in my story 'My First Year as a Cullen'.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Karaoke Night at the Cullen home – All are Vampires.

Don't break up the Band!

ESME'S POV:

I love my children, all six of them. I really do. But I don't always understand them. Edward and his angry songs. Jasper and Edward's refusal to play along properly. Emmett's strange desire to go overboard in anything involving song and dance. Rosalie's choice of clothing for these family events. It's a long day in the Cullen house when a giddy Bella and a bouncing Alice are the ones behaving themselves.

I looked over at my wonderful husband. He looked like he couldn't figure out if he wanted to laugh or cry. I understood that feeling. I waited for the girls and Emmett to leave the room. "Jasper," I whispered. He sent out a wave of calm. "Thank you."

It would last until my daughters returned with their brother. I could only imagine the costumes this time around. I'm sure their 'closing' number will be so much more … extravagant than their opening one.

I looked up to see Rose and Edward whispering and chuckling together. Bella had helped them to become closer. They still fought way too often, but they have had kind words for each other much more than in previous years. They will both come around.

"Esme," Carlisle whispered so softly that only I could hear him.

I turned to face him. "Yes, Carlisle?"

"Will you come home with me after the bar closes?"

"I don't know," I teased. "I'm married. My husband may not like it."

"Tell him I gave you permission."

"What about my children?"

"They seem capable of fending for themselves for an hour or two or three or until the sun rises tomorrow."

"Carlisle! Not in front of the children!"

"Esme, one of these years, I'm going to send them all away to boarding school just so I can have you all to myself."

I chuckled softly at this old joke of his. Carlisle would no sooner part from the children than I would. But once or twice a year, we would joke about sending them to a private boarding school and having an entire school year alone in the house together.

We heard laughter and looked up to see three of our children coming down the stairs. Bella was in a beautiful ebony dress. Alice was in the same dress, but hers was ivory. Emmett wore a white hat with purple stripes and a huge feather sticking out of it. He was wearing a long white fur coat that covered his clothing up completely.

Rose groaned and covered her face. Jasper was trying not to laugh, but was making loud snorts. Carlisle was shaking with laughter next to me. Edward was staring at Bella as if he'd never seen the poor girl before.

Alice picked up one of the microphones. "The Cullen Karaoke Bar thanks you all for your patronize this evening. You've been a wonderful audience. Please let the soulful sounds of EBA take you home tonight!"

Emmett grabbed the extra mic and smiled wickedly at Rosalie. "This goes out to the hot little blonde in the red dress. Come see me backstage later, baby!" I shook my head at my son while Rose blew him a kiss.

Carlisle snickered next to me. "This is why we don't take them to a real Karaoke place, Esme." I playfully swatted his hand.

Alice started the music and Emmett moved closer to Rosalie. He took her hand in his and said, "I've heard people say that - Too much of anything is not good for you, baby - Oh no - But I don't know about that - There's many times that we've loved - We've shared love and made love - It doesn't seem to me like it's enough - There's just not enough of it - There's just not enough - Oh oh, babe."

Emmett let go of Rose's hand and stepped back so that he was even with Bella and Alice. The girls shared the second microphone together. The three of them started singing the song together. They actually sounded really nice.

My darling, I can't get enough of your love babe
Girl, I don't know, I don't know why
Can't get enough of your love babe
Oh, some things I can't get used to
No matter how I try
Just like the more you give, the more I want
And baby, that's no lie
Oh no, babe

Tell me, what can I say?
What am I gonna do?
How should I feel when everything is you?
What kind of love is this that you're givin' me?
Is it in your kiss or just because you're sweet?

Girl, all I know is every time you're here
I feel the change
Somethin' moves
I scream your name
Do whatcha got to do (?)

Darling, I can't get enough of your love babe
Girl, I don't know, I don't know, I don't know why
I can't get enough of your love babe
Oh no, babe

Girl, if I could only make you see
And make you understand
Girl, your love for me is all I need
And more than I can stand
Oh well, babe

How can I explain all the things I feel?
You've given me so much
Girl, you're so unreal
Still I keep loving you
More and more each time
Girl, what am I gonna do
Because you blow my mind

I get the same old feelin' every time you're here
I feel the change
Somethin' moves
I scream your name
Do whatcha got to do (?)

Darling, I can't get enough of your love babe
Oh no, babe

The girls stopped singing and Emmett focused on Rosalie once again:

Baby, let me take all of my life to find you
But you can believe it's gonna take
the rest of my life to keep you

The three of them finished out the song
Oh no, babe
My darling, I can't get enough of your love babe
Yeah, I don't know, I don't know, I don't know why
Can't get enough of your love babe
Oh my darling, I can't get enough of your love babe
Oh babe
I don't know, I don't know, I don't know why
I can't get enough of your love babe
Oh babe

Rosalie stood up and whistled loudly as the song came to an end. Emmett took his sisters' hands and took a bow with them. The three of them leaned over the two microphones and shouted, "EBA ROCKS!"

Emmett picked up Rose and dashed away upstairs. Edward did the same with Bella. Jasper started helping Alice pick up the Karaoke equipment. Carlisle took my hand and led me outside.

"My darling, Esme. We have spent another wonderful night watching our children be true teenagers. If we were human, I would say this called for a drink. Since we aren't, I offer you a moonlit run."

"Carlisle, I would be honored. And maybe along the way, we can find one of those hot springs for a moonlight dip."

"Esme, I'm positive that can be arranged." He smiled as he kissed my cheek. We set of running, holding holds and enjoying the silence of the night.

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Song is Can't Get Enough of Your Love by Barry White