Hey, so, since I took for-freaking-ever to update last time I thought it might be cool to update two days in a row. Here is the epilogue. It's short sweet and to the point.
Thanks to my beta paradigmofsecrecy. You are awesome for beta'ing everything I write and your feedback is always appreciated.
Also thanks to my twi wifey Crash Hale. I'm yours and only yours girly. Unless Kellan, Rob, Peter or Jackson want to have some fun the you'll have to share. But I know you'd just want to watch. LOL. Thanks for being my awesome bitch ass hoe and listening when I needed an opinion.
STORY SUGGESTION!!!!!! The Best of You by the lovely CRASH HALE!!! GO READ IT NOW! Well, after you read this then go read it. It is amazing and needs some serious love.
Everything from when I was a senior in high school to now has been a wild ride. It's been tough. It's been heartbreak. It's been reconciliations. My heart was singing and filled with more love than I ever knew possible to the lowest of times with my heartbreak.
I was given a chance to love the woman I now know as my wife and mother of my children. Things were never easy for my Bella and I. But what good love stories are easy? Not the good ones that's for sure. Through it all I knew she was worth it. She was my reason for being. She gave me life in this boring existence and I will be forever indebted to her for giving my soul it's light.
I was sitting on our back porch of our home in Forks after a long shift at the hospital. I was off work for the next three days for our family weekend. I knew I needed to get some sleep but I hadn't seen any of them for what seemed like forever. Even though it was only about 24 hours.
I had poured the cup of coffee and come out here to think while waiting for them to wake up. It was a foggy morning. The clouds covered the sun casting an odd feeling to the day. But my mood was the exact opposite of the gloomy weather.
"Hey." I heard from the patio door. I turned and saw my wife of the last 6 years leaning against the doorframe.
Her long dark hair was up in its usual morning messy bun. Her face looked refreshed and as if she had just awaken. She was wearing her normal 'Edward is not home' pajamas, as she called them. It was her flannel bottoms and one of my white t shirts with a plush blue robe. She was perfection no matter what she was wearing.
"Hello, love." I said and put my coffee on the patio table. Behind her were a groggy 7 year old and his fussy sister. She was not a morning person.
"Hey dad." My son said. He was wearing his Mariners pajamas his grandfather bought for him for Christmas.
"Daddy." My daughter smiled. Her sour mood turned happier.
"Hey guys." I said and held out my arms. My little girl walked over and climbed into my lap. Anthony sat beside me and yawned scratching his scalp where his bronze locks were a mess.
"How are you?" Bella asked and kissed my lips lightly before sitting opposite me.
"Good. Tired. I wanted to see you guys before I went to bed." I told her. I kissed my daughter's forehead and she smiled at me. She took my hand in her small one and began tracing my palm. "How is my little Reneesme?" I asked her. She just shrugged her little 3 ½ year old shoulders.
"Good." She smiled. She put her arms around my neck and hugged me. Her head rested on my shoulder and I knew she had fallen asleep.
Bella and I decided to have one more child after I graduated from med school. Reneesme was a blessing. Her brown eyes and blush was all her mother's. She had almost the same face and the only thing she got from me was her auburn hair. It was darker than Anthony's and mine but still closer to mine than Bella's dark hair.
"We have Clay and Leah's to go to tonight." Bella said and took a sip of my coffee. She made a face and I laughed.
"I know." I said and took a drink of my black coffee. She hated it and never learned.
"Mom, can I go to grandpa Charlie's before we go?" Anthony asked. Bella looked at me and I nodded.
"Sure. Let's go get dressed and I'll take you over there. Call him while I take a shower." She told him and they both headed inside.
I sat there for a little while longer just holding my daughter close to my chest. I could feel her little breaths on my neck as she slept. I didn't realize one person could feel this much love. Each one of them had a chunk of my heart and soul and forever held it in their hands.
I stood and made my way into out home. Anthony was sitting at the counter eating some cereal and reading one of his many books. He was like Bella in that way. He read a huge variety of thing, but lately he was reading those Harry Potter books. He had me buy him all the movies and even went to the theaters to see them.
He looked up and smiled at me. His lip only lifted at one corner and it made it a bit crooked.
"Dad, can we go to that comic book store in Port Angeles this weekend?" He asked with his big green eyes begging. I chuckled and nodded. His sister was still sound asleep in my arms so he made a silent victory action.
"Have fun at your grandpa's." I told him and kissed his forehead. He nodded and went back to reading the Goblet of Fire.
I got to our room and opened the door. I heard the shower on in our bathroom and saw the door was open slightly. I sat Reneesme on the bed and she fell into the big pillows curling into a ball. I kissed her forehead and swiped some of hair out of her face. I walked over to the bathroom door. I peaked in and saw that the glass door had not fully steamed up. I could Bella's nude body in profile and groaned at the fact that I couldn't do anything.
I shut the door and lay down on our bed. Nessie scooted closer and fell asleep again at my side. Even before Bella made it out of the shower I was fast asleep.
"Happy birthday." Bella said to the toddler on Leah's hip. She smiled and clapped.
Clay and Leah were having a birthday party for their daughter Sandra's second birthday. She was the spitting image of her mother with only a shade lighter skin. Clay had been sworn in as Chief the day after Charlie retired and was now happily taking care of his family and Forks. His family had made amends when they found out they would be grandparents soon. He talks to them now, but no longer depends on their money to get by. He is a husband and a father with a great job. He no longer needs that.
"Oh, don't you just look so adorable." Leah said to Reneesme who was wearing a brown and pink dress with a pink bow in her hair.
"What do you say, sweetie?" I told her.
"Thank you, Aunt Leah." She whispered shyly and blushed. She was a lot like her mother in that way. She buried her face in Bella's neck and hugged her tightly around the neck.
"UNCLE JASPER!" I heard my son yell and then he ran over to his surrogate uncle. He and Jasper got along for their love of books and history, mostly mythology. My son was a prodigy for sure. At only seven he knew more than most adults.
We walked into their back yard and everyone seemed to already be there.
"Hey." We heard in unison.
Bella put Reneesme down and she ran over to her grandpa. She burrowed herself into his chest and sort of hid. He just smiled and kissed the top of her head. She hated attention and Charlie was always sort of her protector.
I saw Emmett wrestling with his and Rose's twin five year old boys. They were both just like him. They had dark curly hair that their mother loved to keep long so they looked like their dad. They had blue eyes just like both their parents. Rose was sitting in a patio chair watching with a serene smile on her face. She was absent-mindedly rubbing her swollen stomach that housed their next child, another boy.
Jasper was sitting next to Alice with my son on his other side. Alice was bottle-feeding their 4-month-old daughter, Emma, while she watched everyone else. She also had a smile on her tired face. They both looked exhausted from a new baby but happy. They looked very very happy.
Angela and Jake were sitting with Sue and Charlie. Sue was talking to Nessie who had her head laid down on Charlie's shoulder. Nessie was enjoying the talk while Charlie talked with Jake. Sue and Charlie got married about a year after we did. It was on their anniversary of their first date so it was special for them.
Angela and Jake were still very much in love. They had a one-year-old boy who looked just like Jake but his skin was a little lighter. Jake owned his own business so now Angela could stay home and raise their family. Things were good and calm for them.
"Hey." I heard softly from beside me. I turned and saw Bella. She was smiling up at me. "What are you thinking about?" She put her arms around my waist and looked up at me.
"How great all of our lives turned out." I said and put my own arms around her. She nodded her head against my chest.
"I know. It was definitely worth the fight." She whispered.
"It is." I kissed the top of her head.
"Daddy." I looked down and saw our daughter holding up her arms. I obliged and picked her up. "I love you, daddy." She sighed and rested her head on my shoulder.
Life was perfect. "I love you too, baby." I kissed her head and held her close.
I had a wonderful wife and amazing children. My friends and family had happy and healthy lives.
Things were amazing and I was glad that I had never forgotten the lesson Bella taught me.
I hope that you all enjoyed the ride as much as I did. I'm currently waiting for the next chapter of Scarred from my beta and then I will post. I hope that only having that as a solo project for a while.
I also hope to start a collab soon with my beta. Not sure when it will be out.
Last but not least, I have the majority of the outline done for the prequel of Fast and Hard. I'm going to try and write that a few chapters at a time and then post.
Thanks for sticking with the Edward and Bella. They went through a lot but are now living the happily ever after. There will be no sequel to this. They don't need more drama in their lives. Just happy. And I just had to name their daughter Reneesme. Some may not like it but I do.
Hugs and kisses to my bitches,