A/N: This is the sequel to my story Hope. I hope you like it, and it took me a while to find the name so I hope that it fits well.
Disclaimer: I do not own Twilight.
I look into the mirror, straightening my tie for what seems like the millionth time today. I am taking my darling Esme on another date. We've been together for nearly a year now and so much has changed. The children are growing rapidly. Alice and Bella were heading into grade nine, Edward into grade ten, and Emmett, Jasper, and Rosalie into grade eleven. I sigh and run my hands through my hair, giving it that slicked back look that I know my Esme adores.
I walk out of my room and head down to the bottom of the stairs, Esme should be coming down any minute. I checked the pocket of my pants to make sure that I had the ring box with me, the ring inside it of course. I am going to propose to her tonight, it seems like the right time. I smile as Esme makes her way down the stairs, looking as beautiful as ever.
"You look beautiful as always, love." I compliment her.
"Thank you, dear. You look quite handsome yourself."
"Glad to know that you think so." I say and kiss her cheek.
Esme giggles. "Of course I think so."
I chuckle and take her hand. "Shall we be going now?"
"We shall." she says with a smile.
We walk out to the Mercedes with our hands intertwined and I open the door to the passengers seat for her. She smiles and gets in, and I close the door behind her. I was about to get into the drivers seat when Emmett sticks his head out of his bedroom window.
"CARLISLE AND ESME SITTING IN A TREE K-I-S-S-I-N-G! FIRST COMES LOVE, THEN COMES MARRIAGE THEN COMES A BABY-" he yells, and then I cut him off.
"YES DAD?!" he calls back.
He shuts his bedroom window, if I could see his face right now I know he would be smirking. It's too dark outside though. I grumble as I get into the drivers seat and Esme looks amused.
"We sure have some odd balls for children, Carlisle."
"One of those oddballs was about to get grounded." I say.
"Let him have his fun, Carlisle. He'll be more serious about the whole relationship thing when he gets a little older."
"Isn't sixteen going on seventeen old enough?" I ask.
"Not when it comes to boys." Esme replies.
"Thanks a lot, love. Thanks a lot."
"Not a problem, Carlisle."
I roll my eyes as the Mercedes purrs to life and we leave the driveway.
"So, where are we going?" Esme asks.
"It's a surprise."
"So you're going to leave me in the dark?" she teases.
"Yes, I am going to leave you in the dark."
"Oh fun." Esme laughs lightly.
I chuckle as I drive to the 'secret location', Esme could tell that we were going to Seattle after we passed Port Angeles. I have to give her credit, she was doing really well with keeping her cool. I would be annoyed if someone was taking me somewhere on a date and I didn't know where.
"We're almost there now." I assure her, as we drive through a more upscale part of Seattle.
"Carlisle, the place that we are going to isn't to expensive, is it?" Esme asks.
"How many times have we gone through this, Esme? I have more than enough money."
"If you say so, dear." she sighs.
I roll my eyes as I park the Mercedes and cut the engine, get out of the drivers seat and open Esme's door. She gets out of the car and I lock it and we head inside the restaurant.
"Do you have a reservation, sir?" the waiter asks.
"Yes, of course." I reply. "I'm Carlisle Cullen."
"Ah, yes. Of course. Follow me."
I put my arm around Esme's shoulder and follow the waiter to the more private sections of the restaurant. I had gotten us our own room, just to make the evening even more romantic. We walk inside the candle lit room and Esme gasps. It was great, and there was a table for two in the middle. On it was white candles, and roses, with rose petals spread out on the white table cloth.
"Only for you, my love." I say.
She smiles at me. "You're amazing."
"As are you."
Then the waiter returns with drinks and informs us that the first course of our meal will be ready soon. Esme and I sip on our wine and her face is practically glowing with happiness. I couldn't be any happier right now. The waiter comes with the first course of our meal, followed by the others. An hour later the two of us are finished eating. Well, now is a good time to get it over with, Carlisle.
"Esme, love. Close your eyes." I say quietly.
"Okay." she says, as she closes her eyes.
I silently get up from my seat and move to the other side of the table, I pull the box from out of my pocket and opened it. The ring is there, shining and pristine looking. Perfect, don't want to propose and then not have the ring. That would be bad.
"You can open your eyes." I say, as I bend down on one knee.
"Alright." she says, as she opens her eyes.
Esme looks down at me and I smile up at her, I saw the tears welling up in the corner of her eyes. She knows what is happening.
"Esme, ever since I first saw you laying in the hospital bed I knew that you were more than just a normal patient of mine. As we talked I became even more attached to you. I was compelled by your beauty and nearly a year later I still am. I want to be with you until the day that I die. Esme Anne Platt, will you marry me?"
"Yes, Carlisle. I will marry you."
"I love you, Esme."
"I love you too, Carlisle." she says and throws her arms around my neck. We kiss and I don't think this day can get any better.
It is bliss. Eternal bliss.
A/N: I know half of you are probably gagging from all the fluffiness but I promise problems return in chapter two. What are the kids going to say about this...?
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