Told you I couldn't let it go. ugh. okay, I have a few more of these as well. : / anyway, I hope you enjoy this little tid bit of fun.
Same year as Epilogue
Bella and Edward are 42
Jason is 26
Kate is 24
Triplets are 10
I paced anxiously outside the delivery room. I knew I needed to go back inside, but I couldn't. Not yet. I gripped my water bottle tightly. The pressure of the trapped air threatened to pop the top off and send it flying. I felt a hand land on my shoulder and looked up. Dad was smiling at me.
"I can't do it." I said shaking my head. "I can't go in there." I was close to tears. I couldn't believe how overwhelming all this was. I wanted this. I wanted to be a father. So why couldn't I go in there and support my wife?
"What's wrong son?" dad asked slowly. I shook my head.
"I don't know!" I cried desperately. He nodded and led me over to a couple of chairs. He sat me down and instructed me to breath. It helped, but only for a few moments.
"Now, tell me what's wrong." He said slowly. I nodded, taking a deep breath.
"I'm scared." I admitted. Dad frowned.
"Jason, it's alright to be afraid." He said gently. "I was terrified when Emma was born. I almost passed out." I looked at him incredulously.
"No you didn't. You're superman." I countered bitterly. Dad laughed loudly and I felt my lips pull up into a grin.
"I thought you were superman." He said nudging my shoulder. I rolled my eyes. Emma and Kate liked to call me superman when we were growing up, basically because I had dressed like Clark Kent one Halloween and they couldn't stop ranting about it. "No, I was really scared." Dad said, turning serious again. "I didn't think I would be a good father. I felt unprepared for it." I nodded, relating many of the same emotions. "But you know what?" I looked up at him, curious. "I was ready. I turned out to be a pretty good father if I do say so myself." I smiled and nodded. He was an amazing father.
"I don't know. I mean I want to be a dad. I'm so excited to be. I just," I stopped and ran a hand through my hair. "I don't feel like I'm ready yet." Dad nodded.
"I think," he said after a moment. "That as soon as you see your son, you will know you are ready." I nodded with a small smile. "That's how it was for me." I smiled.
"Does it ever get easier?" I asked curiously. Dad laughed.
"No. I was just as scared with Jodi and Clara. The triplets nearly killed me." I laughed in agreement. "But as soon as they are born, the world is tilted right again and all of a sudden, you'll never want to leave their side." I nodded.
"Thanks dad." He smiled and hugged me.
"Anytime son." We stood up and he walked me back to the room. He hugged me once more. "I'm going to go find your mom. She called me a few minutes ago screaming about her son becoming a father." I laughed and dad rolled his eyes.
"I'll see you on the other side." I said nodding. Dad smiled.
"You'll do great son. I know it."
Kate was just where I had left her, her long red hair matted to her forehead by sweat. She looked up at me and I saw a little bit of fear in her eyes. "I can't do it Jason." She whispered. I moved swiftly to her side, taking her small hand in mine. "Jason I'm scared." She whispered. I kissed her hand gently.
"I know baby. I'm here though. We're going to be okay." She shook her head.
"What if I'm a bad mom? What if he hates us? What if," I cut her off with a sweet kiss.
"Baby, stop. We're going to be wonderful parents. Everyone is scared at first but we'll make it. Do you know why?" she shook her head, tears pouring down her beautiful face. "Because I love you. And I love our son. We'll find a way to make everything work." She nodded and smiled gently.
"I love you too." She whispered. I leaned in and kissed her again, willing her to relax.
A doctor came in then, interrupting us. He checked Kate's progress and nodded. "Alright, we're ready to push."
Brandon Scott Cullen was the most beautiful infant I had ever seen. He looked shockingly like me, even down to his bright blue eyes and dark hair. The nurse cleaned and dressed him, before handing him to Kate. "At least there is no question as to who is the father." The nurse joked. Kate glared at her sharply.
"There never was." She growled. The nurse nodded, taken aback before leaving us in the room together. I turned toward my wife and son and smiled. Kate looked so natural, holding him. Like she was made for it. I smiled as Kate looked up at me.
"He's so beautiful." I whispered gently, afraid to wake him. Kate smiled.
"Just like his father." I smiled and kissed her tenderly. There was a hesitant knock on the door and we looked up to see my mom poking her head in the room. She saw Brandon in Kate's arms and squealed quietly, running in. I stood up and hugged her. She was crying.
"I can't believe you are a father." She cried, wiping at her eyes. I smiled. Father. Yeah I could get used to it. Mom walked to Kate's side as dad came in behind mom. He smiled at me, pulling me into a tight hug.
"How are you holding up?" I nodded.
"You were right." He grinned.
"Try telling your mom that." He joked. I laughed and turned back to Kate and mom. Mom was crying, a smile stuck on her face.
"Oh Jason he is so beautiful." Mom cried. There was a knock at the door and a nurse came in boldly.
"Dr. Cullen. You're needed. A patient of yours just arrived." She said giving me a flirtatious glance. She turned to dad, unleashing a blindingly white smile, her fake tanned skin perfectly smooth. Mom looked up at the nurse and I swore I heard her growl.
"Excuse me." Mom snapped angrily. The nurse looked at her, a look of annoyance on her face. "Maybe you haven't noticed, but my oldest son's wife just had a child. This is a family moment." She growled. The nurse rolled her eyes.
"I'm sorry, but Dr. Cullen is needed right now." She said turning back to dad. Dad sighed and ran a hand through his hair.
"Britney, I'm on break." He sighed. The nurse pouted and I stared in shock. She actually had the gall to flirt with my dad in front of my mom. She was seriously brave, or possibly suicidal. I glanced over and saw mom hand Brandon to Kate before standing and striding forward.
"Do you not understand me when I say this is a family moment? That is a not so subtle way to say leave." The nurse sneered at mom.
"Bella Love calm down." Dad said pulling a hand around her waist. "I will go check on the patient then I'll be right back." Mom started to object but dad shook his head. "Why don't you get the kids?" he asked gently. Mom sighed and nodded.
"Alright." She turned to us. "Who do you want to visit first?" mom asked smiling. I glanced at Kate who shrugged.
"I'm sure whoever is most eager can come first." Mom laughed.
"It's a match between the triplets and Emma." I laughed.
"Tell them to pull straws or something." Mom grinned and nodded before she and dad left. I turned back to Kate, hardly noticing the nurse still standing by the door.
"How are you holding up?" I asked Kate gently. She smiled at me, cradling Brandon gently.
"I'm so happy Jason." She whispered. I smiled and kissed her forehead.
"Me too baby. Me too." I looked up at the door and frowned at the nurse. "Can I help you?" I asked, unable to keep the annoyance out of my tone. She smiled.
"So you are Dr. Cullen's son?" she asked arching a perfect eyebrow. Kate glared at her.
"Get out of my room and stop trying to get your skanky claws in my husband." She growled. The nurse blinked in surprise before sneering at Kate and leaving. I turned to Kate and frowned.
"I'm sorry." I said gently. She shook her head.
"I'm used to it. I usually just brush it off but, well, I'm exhausted and have no energy to claw at the competitors." She joked. I smiled and kissed her.
"There is no competition." I whispered. Tears glistened in her eyes and she smiled. I looked down at Brandon and she held him up for me. I took him into my arms, careful of how I held him. He was so tiny and delicate looking. "Hey Buddy. It's me, daddy." His bright blue eyes were fixed on me and I smiled. "I love you son." I whispered. I heard the door open and the triplets ran in excitedly.
"Can we see him?" Anthony asked in a whisper. I assumed mom had told them very specifically to be quiet because I had never heard Anthony whisper. I grinned and sat down, motioning for the triplets to come see me. They crowded around me and Remy let out a small, "ah".
"Jason he's so pretty!" she sighed smiling. I grinned.
"He's so small!" Anthony said frowning. "Is he alive?" I laughed and nodded.
"Of course he is. That's how big you were when you were born." I said looking at Anthony. He shook his head.
"No way!" I nodded.
"You and Chris were this big. Remy was even smaller." Remy beamed.
"I was so little!" she sang happily. She looked at Kate and grinned, climbing up onto the bed and giving her a tentative hug. Kate smiled.
"Hey Remy." She said gently.
"Hello Kate. Are you okay?" Kate nodded.
"I'm great sweetie." Remy smiled.
"Good." Christopher was looking at Brandon in fascination.
"Would you like to hold him?" I asked gently. Chris looked up at me, wide eyed.
"No, I don't want to break him." I chuckled.
"You won't break him, come on Chris, I'll show you how to do it." I stood up, motioning him to sit down. He sat, tentatively and I instructed him on how to hold his arms. Gently, I placed Brandon in his waiting hands. Chris was beaming.
"He's so little!" he said shaking his head. Brandon looked up at him, his large blue eyes bright and Chris grinned. "I think he likes me!" he said excitedly. I laughed.
"I'm sure he loves you." I said smiling.
The rest of the visits seemed to blur by. All eight of my siblings came, all dragging one of their friends or significant others. Finally, when they all left, we were able to rest.
Brandon was sleeping in the tiny baby cradle next to Kate's bed. I was settling into the visitor's chair when Kate patted the bed next to her. "Come lay with me." She whispered. I nodded, standing and walking over to her bed.
"Are you sure?" She nodded, moving to the side. I slid in next to her, wrapping my arms around her small frame. She sagged against me, exhausted.
"I'm unbelievably happy right now." She whispered against my chest.
"Me too baby. Me too." She looked up at me, her bright eyes shining at me.
"You completed my image of a perfect life." She admitted. "You're the superman I dreamt of when I was younger." She kissed my chest gently. "Thank you for saving me." I knew what she was talking about. Though her parents were obscenely rich, they left Kate home alone a lot while she was growing up. She never experienced a real family until she became a part of mine. She never had anyone to depend on until she met Emma and me. I couldn't imagine my life without her now that I had her.
"I'll always be there to save you and our children." I promised. She smiled.
"I love you Jason. So much." I smiled.
"I love you too Kate. More than you could ever know."
Big sigh, ready? 1...2...3... AAAAHHHH!!!!!
okay, like I said, more to come.