AN- Thanks again to all of you who have followed me here from "Practicing". I need to apologize again for my lack of response to some of your wonderful reviews, as well as the shortness of this first chapter. The germies flying around my house have landed in my head, making it foggy. Not conducive to good writing. The is the best I can do for now. I will write more, I promise I really do have most of it all mapped out. But I'm sure you want more than the synopsis! 8P Please be patient (again) and I'm sure I will be back to writing obsessively again soon.


Fathers and Sons

I watched in the mirror as my son made adjustments to his tie and coat; the kind of adjustments only he would need to make. I put a hand on his shoulder, I'm proud of you, son.

"Thanks, Dad," Edward replied.

I mean it, Edward. You have had to make some very hard choices, and learned some very hard lessons. He looked at my reflection in the mirror. I put my hand on his other shoulder and turned him to face me. You have grown so much. You are well on your way to being the man I've known you are. No son could make another father more proud.

Edward looked at me a moment. When he spoke, his voice was low and full of emotion, "Carlisle, the only reason I'm where I am, is because of what you've taught me. Anything Bella saw as worthy in me, I have because of you. The complete faith and unconditional acceptance from you and Esme is what gave me the strength to ever try."

Then, to my utter amazement, Edward embraced me. Before loving Bella, he would never have seen the point to such an action. My emotions got the better of me and I crushed him in return. He laughed at my reaction. I thank God every day that He saw fit to bless us with that beautiful girl.

"In my heart, I do too," Edward whispered. Now that was saying something.

There was a knock at the door, and I released Edward, who now had to start again in straightening his tux. Smiling, I opened the door.

"It's just about time," Charlie said walking in. There was an awkward pause. Then he said, "Edward, I was wondering if I could have a word with you."

I glanced at Edward, knowing he would know Charlie's intentions. There was no way I would allow him to give my son a hard time this morning. Edward smiled at my thoughts and nodded slightly to me, letting me know he would be okay.

"I'll just wait in the hall," I said, stepping through the door. Of course, with vampire hearing I could hear every word that was said. Edward might be irritated with that, but I wasn't willing to run the risk of Charlie saying something foolish. Their voices carried to me through the door.

"Edward, I can see that you and Bella love each other," Charlie began, "and while I have my reservations," I put my hand on the doorknob, "I think your intentions seem . . . genuine." I removed my hand and leaned against the wall. Maybe this would be a good conversation after all.

"Thank you, Sir," Edward replied. I knew it would mean a lot to him to have Charlie's approval.

"I just wanted to ask you to," Charlie paused, seemingly to gather his emotions, "Take care of my little girl, Edward. Keep her safe, and make her happy."

"Sir, I swear to you that with everything I am I will keep her safe." Edward replied fervently, "and with everything I have, I will do my best everyday to make her happy," he finished with emotion laced into his words.

There was silence for a moment and then Charlie said, "Thank you, Edward."

I heard his footsteps come toward the door and quickly took a few steps back. When the door opened I was surprised to see Charlie red faced as he walked swiftly away mumbling, "Need to see if Bella is ready."

I walked into the room smiling, I think that went well. Then I saw Edward. He was standing frozen in place, his mouth partly agape. Did I miss something? Edward, are you alright?


Carlisle did indeed miss something, but Alice didn't! In the next chapter she'll tell Bella what just happened. Quick vote, should it be from Esme or Alice POV? I'll get it done ASAIC. Hopefully the cloud will lift soon.