Emmett and Edward left soon after Carlisle.
Rosalie was waiting for Emmett and Edward was going to take a dash through the trees.
Alice reentered our room seconds after the door closed him them. She smiled at me.
I smiled back. "Thank you," I told her.
She looked innocently at me. "For what?" she asked, batting her eye lashes at me.
"You know what," I told her, pulling her down on the bed beside me. "I guess I did need to hear what they had to tell me."
"That you weren't alone," she said. "That they understood what you were feeling and had felt that same way once or more…"
"Yes, my lovely little pixie," I told her, nuzzling her hair.
She grinned. "I'm glad," she said, then smirked wickedly at me. "Does it still hurt?"
I grinned. "Want to see?" I asked, seductively.
She grinned at me coyly. "Of course," she said, her eyes smoldering with passion.
"Your wish is my command, my lady," I told her, "as always."
Soon, all that had happened was forgotten… but inside I knew now I wasn't alone.
I knew I would never be alone again.
I was part of a family.
I had a wife I loved more than life itself.
I had a sister that was my best friend.
I had two brothers that would go to Hell and back for me.
I had a mother who adored and cherished me.
Last, but not least, I had a father that cared—even enough to whip my behind when I needed it.
It was enough…more than enough.
For the first time in 150 years, I was truly and completely at peace with myself.