Wow, so this chapter took forever, and I'm so sorry about that. Serious writers block. I thought I had it all planned out, but when it came to actually writing it, it just wasn't working. I've probably rewritten the beginning of this chapter five or six times, and finally decided to go with it and continue on the with the story. [and if there's a few parts that are sketchy, I apologize. I wrote this in the middle of the night and seriously fell asleep mid type near the end.] I've also figured out that we're looking at about ten more chapters, possibly a few more. I'm not planning on dragging it out forever. Anyway, thanks to whoever reviewed and favorited and just read the last chapter. Hope you guys are still here and ready to read this chapter!
If things aren't like they really would have been back then....well, I honestly had no idea how things would have been done. Remember, all I know is what I saw on The Waltons and a few other movies, and what I've read in school.
Disclaimer: I don't own Twilight. The plot though? It's all mine.
At seven sharp we arrived at the Carlisle and Esme's house. Everyone was here, Emmett and Rosalie, Alice and Jasper, Mr. and Mrs. Hale and my own parents.
Edward and I walked through the gate together, his hand entwined with mine. I couldn't stop staring at him. He was here. He was really here.
And tonight I was going to tell him about the baby.
Esme all but ran over to us when we walked into the backyard. They hugged, and she held him, crying. I squeezed his hand and let go of it, turning to latch the gate.
"You're really here," Esme sobbed.
I walked past them to where my parents were sitting, wanting to give them some time alone. Carlisle was walking forward towards his son too, and they needed to have their reunion, like I had gotten mine.
I sat down at the table across from my parents. They didn't know about the baby either. I wanted to tell Edward first. I was excited that after tonight I would be able to tell them though.
Mom grinned at me. "You look wonderful, honey."
I felt much better than I had in the morning. My morning sickness had subsided, and I felt just fine. I smiled back at her. "I can't believe he's home."
She brushed a lock of brown hair out of her face and continued to smile at me.
"He looks well."
"He does," I agreed, following her eyes to where Edward was now talking to Carlisle, both of them grinning.
No one said anything about them leaving, and I was grateful for that. I was trying not to think about that until I had to. I was just going to enjoy Edward being here as much as I could.
Dinner was wonderful. Everyone was there and everyone was happy. The food was wonderful too, not that anyone noticed that part. My own parents and the Hale's left after dinner, but the rest of us remained long into the night.
"Hey, Bella," Jasper said, coming over to standing beside me.
I smiled at him. He looked well, happy to be with Alice. "Hi, Jasper."
He smiled back at me. "I wanted to thank you for taking such good care of Alice. I was really worried about her being alone with the baby."
"Oh, it's no problem. She's helped me out just as much," I assured him. I didn't know what I would have done without Alice.
He smiled, and I followed his gaze. He was staring at Alice, who was talking to Edward. Her stomach was huge, and she really was about to have that baby any minute.
"I can't believe she hasn't had it yet," he said.
I laughed. "That baby would dare have come without you here."
He turned back to me and grinned. "She thinks it's a boy."
"It is a boy."
"I can tell you've been living with her," he said, his blue eyes light, happy.
I couldn't help but laugh. "She tends to rub off on you, I guess."
"That she does," his voice full of affection.
Edward approached us, smiling at me. He came over to stand beside me and I grabbed his hand and smiled back up at him.
"It's good to be back," he sighed happily.
Jasper nodded in agreement. "That it is."
There was a cry across the yard and we all jumped and turned to look. Alice was bent over, arms around her stomach, her eyes wide with surprise. Carlisle was rushing to her side, and as soon as he could register what was happening Jasper was rushing forward too.
"I think I'm having contractions," she said, staring up at Jasper.
"We need to get her to the hospital," Carlisle said, taking charge. I'll go get the car, Jasper you run back to your house and get her things. We'll take her over now."
Jasper nodded, looking surprisingly calm for the situation at hand. But that was Jasper. He always stayed calm and cool no matter what was happening. Which was exactly what Alice needed.
She squeezed his hand. "Jasper..."
He smiled softly at her, and reached over to kiss her forehead. "I'll be right behind you, sweetheart. Just got with your Dad, okay?"
She sighed, and nodded, and he kissed her again before heading at a jog in the direction of their house.
"Come on, honey," Carlisle said, helping her to the car. Edward went ahead of them to open the door, and helped ease Alice into the backseat.
"We'll come over, just as soon as we can," Edward promised, smiling at his older sister.
She nodded, and Esme and got into the passengers seat, before Carlisle pulled out of the driveway towards the hospital, leaving the four of us, Edward and I, Rosalie and Emmett, standing there, still a bit stunned that all this was happening.
"Wow," I finally said, breaking the silence. "I can't believe she's finally having it."
Edward wrapped his waist around mine, his hand resting on what he would soon find out was his baby. Our baby. I smiled.
"Come on, let's go back to our house for a bit, and then we'll head over to the hospital. No sense rushing, I'm sure it'll take a while."
I nodded in agreement and Rosalie and Emmett decided that they would do the same, and we'd all go over to the hospital together in a little bit.
Edward and I walked back to our house, his arm still wrapped around my waist. I wanted to tell him then, about the baby, but the timing still wasn't right. I would wait until it was perfect. I had waited forever to be able to tell him about the baby, and I was going to make sure it was right.
In the house I changed into a black skirt and royal blue shirt. I brushed my hair into a ponytail and washed my face. I was feeling a little bit ill again, but I wasn't about to let that stop me for being there when Alice's baby was born.
Edward changed too, into a pair of jeans and plaid shirt. His hair was a mess, and my heart thudded at the sight of him. He was perfect. He was mine.
I all but threw myself at him, pressing my lips against his. He laughed against my lips, his arms wrapping around my waist as he caught me. His laughter subsided quick though, and a second later he was kissing me back. We knew we should get to the hospital, but Alice probably wouldn't notice if we were late.
"How is she?" Edward asked, his fingers entwined with mine as we walked into the hospital. Jasper was sitting in the waiting room with Carlisle.
"Nothing yet," Jasper said, and for the first time he actually looked sort of nervous. He ran a hand over his blond hair, which stuck up in all directions. "The doctor said it's going to be soon though. Apparently our baby's been waitin' long enough."
I sat down next to Jasper and grinned at him. "He has," I agreed. "His daddy's here and he's ready to met everyone." I reached over and squeezed his hand.
He squeezed my hand back and smiled back at me. He didn't say thank you with words, but I knew that he was thankful for my comment. He reached over to kiss my forehead and stood up. "I should get back in there with her."
We all nodded in agreement and tossed out words of encouragement for him and Alice as he disappeared into the hallway to be with his wife.
Edward sat down beside me, and draped his arm around my shoulder, leaning over to kiss my cheek. "I love you Bella Cullen," he murmured, and I felt goosebumps on my arms.
"I love you too, Edward Cullen." More than you'll ever know.
He smiled. "Someday we'll be doing this. You'll be in the one in the hospital room, and I'll be the nervous guy walking around about to become a daddy."
I bit my lip, thinking about just how soon that would be happening. "I can't wait," I said softly, and he smiled so sweetly back at me that it made my heart ache.
I seriously didn't know what I would do when this man had to leave me again.
But I wasn't going to think about him leaving. I would just drive myself crazy if I did. I pressed those thoughts down quickly and turned into him to rest my head on his chest, feeling the rise and fall as he breathed. It was one of the most comforting feelings in the world, and I settled back to wait for news on my little nephew.
We waited. And we waited. And we waited. And we waited some more. Rosalie and Emmett even fell asleep in the waiting room, leaning against each other unsteadily. Emmett was snoring lately, and I couldn't help but grin every time he did.
"Didn't Jasper say it was going to be anytime?" I asked, only half-awake. I didn't really ask so much as mumbled into his chest.
"Yeah, like four hours ago," Edward replied, sounding equally as tired. He was talking against my hair, and I smiled against his plaid shirt. "Clearly that wasn't the case."
"Alice's baby would have a dramatic entrance to the world," I decided.
Edward laughed. "I wouldn't expect it any other way."
We both laughed. Once our laughter subsided I leaned into his chest again, inhaling his sweet scent. I was in Edward's arms, for the first time in so long, I didn't care if I was in some cramped uncomfortable waiting room. I was about to fall asleep, and I was probably going to sleep better than I had since he left.
I felt his lips press aganist my hair and I couldn't remember the last time I was this happy. I smiled against his shirt, my eyes flicking closed.
Maybe I fell asleep. I wasn't sure. If I did, though, it was only for a few minutes before Jasper burst into the waiting room, the biggest grin I've ever seen on his face. "It's a boy!"
I sat up, laughing as the news set in. "Of course it is!"
Jasper laughed, and came over to me, and hugged me. "I can't believe it. He's perfect. Alice is perfect."
I hugged him back. "I'm sure he's the most perfect baby boy ever," I assured Jasper.
"Do you guys want to see? The nurse said to keep it down, but if you guys go, and then Rosalie and Emmett...just you know, be quiet. Don't upset her. Don't say anything stupid."
I laughed and grabbed Edward's hand, following Jasper back to Alice's room.
Alice was tucked in, in bed, looking awfully small and fragile-more so than usual. Her hair was messy and all over the place. I could honestly say that was the first time I had ever seen Alice looking like that. But I hardly noticed any of this, because she looked so happy. Tired and frail, maybe, but so happy. Her lips were pulled up into a wide grin, and her gray eyes twinkled as she stared at the bundle wrapped in a blue blanket in her arms.
She looked up at us, beaming. "Come meet JC Witlock."
"JC?" Edward questioned, as the two of us came closer.
She nodded proudly. "Yes. Jasper Carlisle Whitlock. JC for short."
I came over to the bed and peered down at the baby.
He was perfect. Utterly tiny, and still rather red, but just...perfect. He had tufts of Alice's black hair, and pretty pale blue eyes. JC was stunning.
"Oh, Alice," I breathed. "He's perfect."
She grinned back at me happily. "I was right. He waited for his daddy, and he was a boy."
I grinned back at her. "Of course you were right."
Edward came to stand beside me, glancing down at JC. He smiled that great crooked smile. "You did okay, sis."
She rolled her eyes, but smiled, touching JC's little tiny hand. "I can't believe it. He's real. He's mine. He's ours," she looked up at Jasper and their expressions were filled with love. I knew instantly that this baby was going to be so spoiled and so loved.
I smiled, and glanced at Edward, who was looking at his nephew with wonder and excitement, and suddenly I knew I was ready. I knew I was ready to tell him about the baby. We talked with Alice and Jasper for a few more minutes before it was Emmett and Rosalie's turn. I hoped that Rosalie would be okay with everything, and I made a mental note to go over tomorrow and check on her, try to cheer her up if necessary. I knew she would be happy for Alice, but this had to be hard.
Edward offered that we could stay a while, but Alice shoo'ed us away telling us that she'd be fine, and we'd all see her tomorrow We said our goodbyes to Rosalie and Emmett, and Carlisle and Esme, and finally made our way back to our house.
We were both tired, but happy and excited about JC's additon to the family.
"He's so beautiful," I sighed happily, crawling under the covers, thrilled that I would get to spend the night in Edward's arms.
Edward nodded in agreement, leaning over to turn off the lights. Then he leaned over and kissed my shoulder, working his way up my neck and jaw bones.
His touch and lips made me shiver, but as I pictured JC in my head, and the happy looks on Jasper and Alice's face, I knew it was time to tell him.
"I have something to tell you," I said. I did hate to interrupt him.
"Hmm?" He asked, his nose skimming over my cheek.
I shuddered in happiness. I turned so that I was facing him, looking at him. "We're going to have a baby."
He stared at me for a minute. And then he blinked three times. "What?"
I smiled. "A baby, Edward. You and me. Our baby."
He turned to look at my stomach. "You're...?" he reached a hand out hesitantly, and I laughed taking it and pressing it against my stomach.
"Yes, Edward. We're going to be parents. I've known for a couple of weeks, but when I heard you were coming home I decided to wait so I could tell you in person, and not in a letter."
A smile spread slowly over his face, and soon he was doing that crooked smile. "I'm going to be a Dad. You're going to be a Mom."
I grinned back at him. "Yes. We are."
He laughed, sliding his hands over my hips. "I love you so much. I can't believe this. It's amazing."
"I love you too. So much!" I was starting to cry, because I was just so happy. I leaned my head into his shoulder, and we both cried and laughed together.
We were going to be parents.