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Part VIII- Wrapping It Up

(Carlisle POV)

Esme was gently stroking the top of my hand as we lay together in our room.

All the lights in the house were off and it gave the house a sense of abandonment.

After the big party earlier, the house looks utterly empty.

Bella decided to stay the night with Edward and I could hear her deep breathing, indicating that she was fast asleep.

After all, she did help to plan this whole party, and I don't blame her for being so tired.

Edward is no doubt with her right now.

Jasper and Alice were talking in the dining room while Rosalie and Emmett were in the living room.

Emmett, while getting me my present, went ahead and bought a present for himself as well. It was some new video game.

Rosalie didn't mind watching him play for hours. It only mattered that they were together.

That is what mystifies me.

This family is so close knitted. At all times, we are closer than ever.

And I know for a fact that it's not just because we have been together for so long.

It's because we all have trust in each other. We honestly do. And that is what really keeps us together.

The moments where I changed my beautiful children into vampires was when I learned that trust must be gained.

What wonders me is why I automatically gained that trust at the very same moment they were conscious.

Could what I have done really be that great?

I am no saint and I am far from perfect- that I know. But why I got blessed with such a wonderful family to spend the rest of my long life with is what I don't quite understand.

I'm not trying to be modest. I'm trying to rationalize.

As a doctor, that's what you do. Everything can be explained by science or math and technology is ever changing. You just rationalize.

Sometimes you just have to trust your gut instinct. And changing all of this family was definitely a risk for me.

I still pondered this for a long moment until I was interrupted by Esme. I was actually grateful that she disturbed my thoughts.

Thinking about something too much is never a good thing. You have to accept things for what they are.

Esme kissed the top of my hand and giggled, slightly shaking the bed.

"Carlisle...what are you up to? You look lost in thought," she said.

I grinned and kissed her forehead as she snuggled up against me.

"I was lost in thought. But that doesn't matter anymore. I have a beautiful woman by my side who will be there with me forever," I said.

"And you are absolutely correct," Esme smiled and kissed my neck.

"I hope so. For my sake, at least," I breathed as she leaned over me.

She pressed her soft and wet lips against mine softly.

I could smell her unique scent flooding my nostrils. It was like heaven.

It was the most potent thing to me. Like ambrosia and nectar to a god, it was thrilling and worthwhile.

I could feel every ounce of my being pour love into that kiss and it felt amazing.

When she rolled on top of me, her petite body laying against mine, I was past the point of no return.

I was starting to get more rough as the kiss drew on and I knew I should stop.

Esme seemed to read my thoughts and pulled her lips away from mine.

She rolled off my body and lay on her side to face me. I turned to her.

I grinned as I pressed our foreheads together and kissed her nose.

"I love you," I said onto her lips.

"I love you more," she grinned as she licked my bottom lip.

I moaned and couldn't help it for a good reason.

The thoughts of earlier this day came into the front of my mind.

My family, my presents and my life.

How it all worked out so perfectly must be a miracle.

I don't know how long we lay there like that, but I couldn't complain.

I knew that as long as my wonderful family was safe around myself and that the love of my life, Esme, was by my side, that was all the incentive I needed to keep on living a good life.

And at that moment, I decided I didn't care anymore.

I leaned down and, with all the passion I was holding back, I kissed Esme as I wrapped my arm around her hips and drew her close.

I could distinctly hear Emmett laugh from the living room below.

I wouldn't let this day go forgotten. Not ever.

After all, you can only turn 400 years old once in a lifetime.

THE END


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Now...for those who like the steamy bit of Carlisle/Esme at the end, I would recommend you read my other fanfiction: "Work: Some Fun, Lots of Play." And for all the pervs out there (I know that you're there!), if you would just like a hot Carlisle/Esme lemon, read my fanfiction: "After Work: More Fun, More Play."

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