Alright, folks. This is the last you're gonna' read of Breaking The Rules. I'm sad about this. However.... this epilogue will be GRAND!!! I'll be breaking it down through the years, basically, because I know ya'll are wanting to find out how everything is with lil Penny!
(One Year Later)
Okay, so... I kinda' want to shoot myself in the face sometimes. Well, not as much NOW as it was a few weeks ago before I graduated high school. It was seriously the hardest thing of life, trying to juggle a baby and school work. Jasper helped as much as possible, but then he also still had his music on the side to help earn some extra scratch.
We got super lucky, and Jasper and the boys have been noticed by Atlantic Records, and had recorded a demo. We're supposed to find something out about it sometime this week.
I picked up my book and sighed as I glanced over at the sleeping form of my one year old. I can't help but grin. She's so beautiful. She's got my brown hair and it's full of little ringlets, and his eyes, his full lips, and my button nose. She's amazing.
Would I be lying if I say that everything has been butterflies and rainbows since she's been born, between me and Jasper? Hell no. We never have any alone time these days, and to be honest, I'm not sure that I want it that badly. We don't need any repeats of what's happened this last year, not that I don't love my Penny more than life itself.
Once the baby was born, Jasper hopped right into daddy mode. I swear, he's wrapped around her finger so tightly that I'm afraid it'll cut her blood supply off. Yeah, that tight. I did get lucky in the fact that he is up every time I am when it comes to late night feedings are diaper changes, although, he's reluctant to change a shitty diaper. Men.
As I said, Jasper and the boys had been playing since Penny arrived, and trouble really began from there. Without me there, the skank brigade decided to descend upon my man, therefore, I had to send the girls to each set. Not that I didn't trust Jasper, I didn't trust the hood rats that lurked in the alley ways at his gigs, if you catch what I mean.
We'd get into fights about how I never pay attention to him or how we never have any alone time. Stupid, remedial things, really. Nothing some good sexin' hasn't cured.
"Honey, I'm home!" Jasper called through the house.
"Shut the fuck up, man. I finally got her to go to sleep." I hissed at him. He mumbled an apology and flopped down on the couch and kissed my temple.
"So..." He started. He had this crazy ass look in his eye. Not a bad one.
"So...." I prodded.
He grinned cheekily at me. "I have news, baby. News that will seriously change our lives forever!" His excitement was making me fucking excited and I didn't know what it was, yet.
"Okay?" I smiled hesitantly.
"We heard back from Atlantic." He bit his lip, his leg was bouncing up and down and I swear to God, I thought he was going to burst into pieces.
"Does that mean..." I trailed off. His eyes widened and he nodded, happily. I couldn't stop the big grin that lit up my face. "Oh baby! I'm so happy for you guys!" I gushed.
"Not just us. They liked your lullaby for Penny. And, they wanted to hire you on as a songwriter. Baby, I think that you should maybe record a demo, too. I mean, your voice is amazing." He tried, yet again, to convince me.
I didn't want to be in a position where I couldn't watch over Penny all of the time. It would be bad enough if he were gone all of the time, but both of us? No way.
I sighed heavily. "Honey, I appreciate your enthusiasm, but we've already discussed this. Maybe I can sing with you guys on a couple of songs, but nothing more." I paused. "But, I guess it wouldn't be so bad to write." I shrugged.
The next thing I know, he has me pinned to the couch, his lips attacking me hungrily, and I can't find it in myself to care. We haven't had sex in two weeks. I'm like a junkie when it comes to his dick. I crave it.
"God, I need you." I moaned as his lips attacked my ear lobe.
"Mm. Me too, baby. God, I can't wait to be inside you, darlin'." He groaned as I bucked my hips into him.
I heard gurgling and looked over to the play pen next to the recliner and sighed.
"Jasper." I said in a monotone voice. I had stopped all movement.
"What, baby." He asked, concerned. He was looking me over for injury. I rubbed my hand over my face before pointing over to Penny, who was gurgling happily and let out a loud giggle. He dropped his head to my shoulder and sighed. "Cock blocked by my own kid."
He walked over to the play pen and picked her up out of it. "I thought I've been good to you, Penny. You're letting your old man down, sugar." He cooed to her. She laughed and pulled his hair.
I rolled over onto my side and smiled. I loved the sight of my two loves.
(Penny, age 5)
I was on the road again with the boys. I hated being away from Bella and Penny. Hell, I got lucky that Bella agreed to marry me that summer that we graduated. We hadn't talked anymore about more kids, but secretly, I would like to have a couple more.
Sighing, I hit 2 on my phone and pressed SEND.
"Hello, my sexy man." Bella purred into the phone.
I groaned. "Bells, it's not polite to get me all worked up and not be able to do anything about it." I warned.
She laughed. Her laugh still does crazy things to me. "Sorry, baby. I was just getting ready to put Penny to bed. Tomorrow is her big day."
I sighed. Penny started school tomorrow. I hated it that I wouldn't be there. "Can I talk to her?" I asked, as I stretched out on the hotel bed.
"Daddy!" She squealed into the phone. I felt my heart clench in my chest. It killed me a little more every time I heard her and couldn't be there to tuck her in at night.
"Hey, sugar! I hear tomorrow is your big day." I smiled.
"Yes!" She exclaimed. "I'm soooo excited, daddy. I'm gonna' make new friends. I think Matt is in my class. You remember him, daddy?" She asked. How could I forget? That little dude has his eye on my sugar. I don't like it. "Anyway, I get to ride the bus!"
I could just imagine her clapping and jumping up and down. A very Alice thing to do. I smiled. "That's great, baby doll." My voice cracked.
"Daddy?" She asked softly.
I sniffled. "Yeah, darlin'?"
"Daddy, don't be sad, okay?" She cooed. "Mommy said she'll tape it for you, so you don't miss it."
I about sobbed then. I didn't want to see a tape. I wanted to be there. "I love you, sweetness. Let me talk to mama."
"Love you, more!" I heard the phone shuffling around.
"Hello? You okay?" Bella asked.
I let out a shaky breath. "I just miss you two, that's all. I've missed so much of her life already, and I won't be there to see her get on the bus. This is a big day. What the hell am I going to miss next time, huh? Her first date?"
I heard her sniffle. "Oh, honey. I'll tape it. I know it's not the same, but I'll tape it just like anything else."
I sighed. "Okay. I love you. Give Penny kisses for me, okay?"
"I love you, more." She sighed. I smiled. "Talk to you soon."
"Dude, just go home." Edward sighed from behind me. I jumped.
"The fuck? Man! You scared the shit outta' me." I clutched my chest. He chuckled.
"Sorry about that. All I'm saying, is that if it were Angela and Ben, I'd be home in a second." He shrugged. Edward and Angela married right out of high school and she got pregnant with a honeymoon baby. Benjamin Anthony Cullen was born about 6 months after Penny's 1st birthday.
"I know, man. I want to. But, we have a show tomorrow." I rubbed my palms over my face.
Edward sat down next to me. "Look, you're wearing yourself thin. Hell, we all are. I think it's about time we take a break from things for awhile. I'd like to see my kids grow up just the same as you."
I flopped back onto the bed. "You're right, man. Hell. Tyler and Alice just got married three months ago, they haven't even had a moment to themselves. Then there's us with our kids. Emmett being with us is putting a damper on his and Rose's marriage. This is all so fucked up." I groaned. "I can't deal with the fucking groupies and shit anymore. It's getting old. I want to go to sleep with Bella and put Penny to bed and wake up and have breakfast with them."
He chuckled. "Who would've thought that Jasper Hale would give into a woman? What, with all the rules and shit?" I laughed and threw a pillow at him.
"Shut the fuck up. I would've been stupid to pass her up." I said wistfully.
He patted my shoulder. "Look, go home. Tomorrow is our last show. We'll tell 'em that you are sick and can't make it. We'll refund their tickets." Then he left.
I sat and thought about it for awhile. He isn't right that we just up and leave the concert hanging. Not fair to our fans. It's only one more show.
I pulled up to our house. It was good to be home. The sun was just peaking out of the clouds and kids were lining up to get on the school bus. I pulled the car into the garage so that I wouldn't be detected and walked back outside and leaned on Bella's car.
"I'm so excited!" I heard Penny squeal. My heart dropped. I was nervous, and I had no idea as to why.
"Well, we'll tape it for daddy..." Bella's voice dropped off as I heard the screen door slam.
"DADDY!!!" Penny ran full blast to me and I picked her up, swung her around, and peppered her face with kisses.
"Hey my best girl." I whispered in her ear.
"What in the world are you doing here?" Bella asked as she sidled up to me and stole a kiss.
I felt my lips tingle. "Well, I'm tired of missing out. Cullen agreed with me. We're all going to take a break for awhile."
She bit her lip and nodded. "Good." She leaned into my ear. "I can't wait til she goes to school. I'll welcome you home properly."
I had to stifle a groan. My baby didn't need to witness this stuff.
"I see it!" Penny yelled. She pulled our hands to follow her to the end of the driveway where the bus would pick her up.
Bella set the camera up on the tripod and pressed the RECORD button. The bus pulled up and we walked her to the bus doors.
"Okay, listen to what your teacher says." I told her as I kissed her head.
"Kay daddy." She smiled up at me.
"Are you sure you want to go to school?" Bella asked, her chin trembling. I rolled my eyes.
"Mom!" Penny whined. "I gots to go!" She motioned for the bus.
Bella leaped at her and hugged for all she was worth, kissing the top of her head. "Okay. I love you my big girl!"
Penny rolled her eyes and got on the bus. I wrapped my arms around Bella to possibly stop her from going on the bus with her. My chin trembled and my eyes watered as I watched her step up and turn to wave at us.
"Let's go in a welcome you home." She whispered against my lips.
"Yes ma'am." I smiled crookedly at her and she shivered. Score!
9 months later, Wilson Jackson Hale was born. We named him Wilson for Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys and Jackson for my favorite Johnny Cash song that he sang with June. I was seriously glad that I decided to take a break, because I would be missing this, and I refused to miss anything else.
(Penny, 15; Wilson, 10)
Gah. My dad is a total weirdo!
"No, no. Absolutely not!" He yelled after me. I stopped and turned around.
"Why not, daddy?" I asked.
"B-because you're only 15! And that Cullen boy is younger than you!" He stammered. I rolled my eyes.
"Oh come on! Ben is in the same grade as me. He's not THAT much younger than me. Besides, I can train him how I want him." I shrugged. I seriously thought his eyes were going to bug out.
"Bella! Did.. did you hear what she just said?" He flailed his arms around toward me. Mom and Will walked into the living room.
"Jazzy, babe, she's 15. Why can't she date?" My mom huffed. Dad pouted.
"Because." I think he just stomped his foot. "She's too young. And it's Edward's kid." He yelled.
Mom laughed. "And he's a good looking kid. What's wrong with Edward? You forget, he's also Angela's kid, too." Mom cocked an eyebrow.
"Daddy, please?" I unleashed the pout. He whined. "I really like him, daddy. He really likes me, too." I begged with my eyes.
"Fine, but I'm taking you and picking you up." He warned. I rolled my eyes. He looked at Will. "When are you gonna' get a girl a leave me?" Dad pouted.
Will looked up from his video game. "Psh. Girls are weird, dad. Or, are you not looking at what I'm looking at?" He motioned to me with a 'duh' look on his face. I flipped him off. "I'll break your finger off, big sister." He warned.
"You wouldn't. You're only 10." I smiled smugly. He chuckled.
"True, however, this 10 year old is also a black belt. Don't push it, sister." He threatened.
Dad looked like he had a lightbulb moment. "That's great. Will, you are going with me. If that Cullen kid gives her any trouble, you take him out." Will's face lit up.
"Mom!" I shrieked.
"Jasper Hale! You are not recruiting our 10 year old to aid you in warding off her boyfriend." Mom pointed a finger at dad.
The doorbell rang and I was nervous. I'd never been on a date and dad was being a freak.
"I'll get it." I yelled. Dad bolted past me.
"Nope. I got it. You just go somewhere that's not here." He looked at me sternly.
"Ugh. Whatever." I threw my hands in the air.
I snickered as my dad opened the door to Cullen. He looked freaked out. Good times.
"Hello, Mr. Hale." He stuck his hand out to my dad. Dad eyed him like he was a threat. I had to stop myself from snorting. Really, dad? This kid is a dweeb. I rolled my eyes and continued to watch the scene unfold before me.
"Ben." My dad said curtly. "Ben... I'd like to have a little talk with you. Man to boy." My dad waved him in and he walked nervously toward the couch.
Nobody said anything for awhile. This was better than any video game. I could see that Cullen boy sweating bullets. Funny stuff.
My dad laced his fingers behind his head and sighed. "Ben, what are your intentions with my daughter?" I started laughing and Ben started choking on his water.
Dad leaned up and put his elbows on his knees, looking like he was thinking deeply. "Son, my daughter is very precious to me. I won't lie to you. I don't like the idea of her dating anybody. Not even you. It's no offense to you, just guys in general. Now, I need to have your word that you won't touch her in any appropriate manner. And, by appropriate, I mean touching her. At all."
I was laughing so hard under my breath that I thought I would pass out. This is better than MTV!
"Mr. Hale, with all do respect, I've known you literally my entire life. My dad is your best friend." He paused. "I have nothing but respect for Penny. I would be lying if I said that I didn't find her appealing, but I'm in no hurry to be physical, if that's what you're implying." Ben looked down at the ground. It was probably good, too. Because, my dad was glaring bullets at him. It's so good that I decided to secretly tape this little meeting of the minds.
"Yeah. Well, that's like, the standard answer." My dad huffed. Clearly, Cullen won this round.
Stupid fucking kid. I ought to cut Cullen's balls off for procreating. Really. How dare his boy taint my sweet and innocent little girl with his boy ways. It's uncalled for!
"Daddy. Can we just go now?" Penny asked in a huff.
"Fine." I grumbled.
Before I could get out of the door, Bella pulled me back and kissed me on the lips. "Behave." She pointed at me. I smiled and kissed her nose.
"Where am I taking you?" I asked. I made Ben sit in the back by himself. Hell if I was going to let him get all handsy with my daughter.
Penny rolled her eyes, a trait she inherited from her mother. "To Antonio's and then we'll walk to the movies. No, we don't need you to do spy on us either."
"Whatever, kiddo." I plaid aloof.
Three hours, dinner and a movie later, I was parking the car.
"Bye Cullen. Let's go, Penny." I urged her toward the house.
"Uhm, dad? C-could you give us a minute?" She asked. Oh, hell. NO!!!
Before I could say or do anything, Bella pulled me into the house. "Leave her alone, dammit! She's about to have her first kiss!" She squealed. I wanted to throw up. NO!!!
"I'm really sorry that my dad is such a freak." I blushed. He traced his thumb over my cheek.
"It's okay. I suspect I'll be giving the same sort of lecture to my kids someday. If it makes you feel any better, dad warned me before I left." He laughed. God, he's so beautiful. He looks just like his hunk of a dad.
"So..." I twisted awkawardly.
He bit his lip and looked up at me under his lashes. "Penny, I had a really great time tonight. I was... I was wondering if you'd like to be my girlfriend."
Aw! I smiled. "Yes." I blushed again. Damn traitor blush! Curse you mom!
"Really?" His face lit up. I nodded. "C-can I kiss you? Just don't tell your dad."
I groaned. "What did he tell you? That he would have Will kick your ass or something?"
He looked confused. "No. But, that would be interesting." He chuckled. "He just told me I wasn't allowed to touch you in any way shape or form." He shrugged.
I stood at the kitchen window with the lights off. There was no way they could see me, us. Her mom was just as nosy as I was, but for different reasons. Instead of her being miserable, like I was, she was fucking happy. Traitor. My baby is not going to be my baby anymore, and then what???
Then it happened, and I felt my heart drop into the pit of my stomach. That fucking Cullen kid cupped her face, traced her lips with his thumb, and went for the kill. Mother. Fucker. That was an Edward move if I'd ever seen it!
"Aw!" Bella swooned. "That was so romantic."
"No it wasn't." I grumbled. I felt my eyes prick with tears. She looked at me and understood.
"Oh, baby. You've got to let her grow up." She whispered in my ear. I shook my head 'no.' She laughed. "Yes. She's going to be 16 soon. Then she'll be driving and going on more dates and hanging out with her friends more often."
I put my forehead on hers. "But, I'm not ready to let her grow up, yet." I whispered and pouted. She kissed my lip.
"Mr. Hale." She purred. I groaned. "If you behave for the rest of the night, I'll make it worth your while." She ran a finger down my chest.
I smirked. "Kay." I kissed her lips.
She smiled and ran for the stairs. I smiled and sighed. I looked outside and smirked. I'll get you fucker. Before I went up, I turned on the sprinklers. The sound of squeals and yells brought a genuine smile to my face.
(Penny, 23; Will 18)
Will graduated today. My baby graduated. No more kids. Penny graduated from college last week and Will graduated high school today. I'm officially old.
Penny must've noticed the sad look on my face and came over. "Mama, don't be sad. You get to babysit this little one soon." She cooed as she rubbed her very pregnant stomach. I groaned. I was going to be a fucking grandmother. At least she was married first.
"Yeah, well. I hope you don't expect to get him back." I giggled.
"Oh, yeah, right. Ben is all too happy to have a son to teach sports to. Dad and Edward have already been in too many arguments over who was going to take him to his first ball game." She snorted and rolled her eyes.
I looked through our living room, where Will's graduation party was being held. He was so big now. He was tall and stocky built like his dad, but he looked like me in the face. Emmett had a lot of fun with him growing up. He was popular, is popular. Captain of the football and baseball teams. He always dated the prettiest girls, and of course, all of the ladies swooned over his voice. He got his natural musical abilities from both his father and I, and the girls ate it up. It also didn't help that he had a dangerous grin with deep dimples.
He wanted to follow in Jasper's footsteps, and get into the music business, but we talked him out of it. It did us a lot of good as far as providing, but Jasper was gone quite a bit. Turns out, once he took a break, and they went back, they were even more in demand than ever.
"Mama!" Will bellowed as he pulled me up into a giant hug. "Killer party." He kissed my cheek.
"Mrs. H! Lookin' hot as always!" His friend Cameron said as he kissed the back of my hand. I blushed. Jasper scowled.
"Aw. I hope you guys are going to get enough rest tonight! I don't want you being too tired for your trip tomorrow." I warned.
"Ma..." Will whined. "We'll be fine. Besides, I can sleep on the plane." He pouted. I rolled my eyes.
"Fine. But, you better come back in a few days. Your sister is due any time." I reminded him.
He walked over and kissed Penny's belly. "There's no way I'm missing little man's big debut." He said to her stomach. Over the years they grew closer. I was thankful for that.
The doorbell went off and Will went to answer it.
Jasper kissed me on the cheek and was speaking about to explicit stuff when Will yelled. "Dad? There's someone at the door for you?" He looked confused. It had to be someone we didn't know, which is odd, because everybody we know is here.
I heard a glass drop and ran to see what was going on. At the door was a dark complected woman who was very pretty and a boy who was probably a little older than Penny.
"What are you doing here." Jasper's tone was icy. She flinched from his tone.
"I-I was in the neighborhood and thought I'd stop by." She said. I was confused. Rose came over and whispered in my ear.
"Maria." Was all she said, and I understood. I was pissed, but understood.
"What's the deal with you showing up here, Maria? To my son and daughter's graduation party, no less?" He spat.
She looked stunned. "You have kids?" She craned her neck to see inside of our house.
"Yes." He growled. She smirked.
"Well, well, well. Jasper Hale went back on his word." She laughed. Her son looked really uncomfortable.
"Mom, can we please go? You told me you were going to stop at dad's." He whisper/yelled.
She gave him a curt look. "Honey, this is your father." That was the last thing I heard before I hit the floor.
That fucking bitch. I can't believe her! How dare she come to my brother's house and disrupt his party!
"Are you high, Maria? We established paternity a long fucking time ago, and it was determined that I wasn't the father." Jasper seethed.
Her son looked mortified. "Mr. Hale, I sincerely apologize for my mother's behavior. I truly don't know what's gotten into her." He said through clenched teeth. Maria didn't look phased.
"Those tests can be wrong, you know. It doesn't happen often, but it does." She said, looking at her nails.
Her son scoffed. "Mom. Come off it! I know who my dad is, and you've done nothing but talk about Mr. Hale since I was born. Get over it! I came with you to town to see DAD, not this guy, no offense." He looked at my brother. He waved him off. "Now, apologize to this family, because you were extremely rude for dropping by uninvited."
I was impressed. Who knew someone raised by Maria wouldn't behave like a neanderthal? Wow.
Bella was laying on the couch, Cameron was looking after her, of course. That kid had a massive crush on her. We thought it was funny, except for Jasper, who got irritated everytime the kid came over. He was hot for a minor.
"Jasper, I do apologize. I don't know what's come over me." She said haughtily.
"Yeah, well, you knew I had money and you were out to get it anyway you could." He spat. "It was nice to meet you, kid. I'm sorry it had to be under these circumstances, but nevertheless."
The guy smiled. "Not a problem. It's a pleasure to meet you, as well. Also, I'm a huge fan of your music." Of course, Jasper beamed at this.
"Oh shit." Penny gasped. I looked over and she was standing in a puddle. Maria's son's eyes widened.
"Miss, are you okay?" He asked her. She nodded as Ben held her hand. "I'm a doctor, ma'am. Have you been contracting at all?" Jasper looked impressed.
"For about two days?" She said through clenched teeth. Ben sucked in a breath.
"Two days, Penny? What the hell? You could've been hurt!" He said, expasperated.
"Well, let me have a look at you. You might not make it to the hospital in time." Maria's son said. "Oh, and just call me Dr. Stevens."
I'm now a grandpa. I'm not even 40. I'm not old enough for this, yet! But, I have the cutest grandson alive! Brayden Jasper Edward Cullen looks just like his mama. Good. Now, I'll have one up on Cullen. HA! Fucker!
I can't believe the shit that went down today. But, that's my life. I looked over at my wife, who was holding our grandson, and smiled. I remembered her holding our kids just the same way she is now. Nothing but love in her eyes.
Penny smiled up at me from her bed. "So much for all the rules you set, huh dad?"
I kissed her forehead. "Sugar, sometimes, rules are made to be broken."
There it is. Sadness. I love this story. It's my most popular one. I hope I did justice with the epilogue. Look for my other stories. They're a work in progress, of course! Boyfriend for Hire will be the next to be finished, so keep a look out.
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