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"Please Bella, let me help." I could barely hear Edwards's muffled voice from the other side of our closed bedroom door as I restlessly paced the hallway back and forth with a screaming Zach in my arms.

"No!" I called out in answer and then sighed as Zach's screams become louder and his arms started flailing around. I swear for a three month old the boy has a great set of pipes on him.

"You can't do this by yourself; there are two of them and only one of you." I rolled my eyes as Zach threw himself backwards and almost out of my arms with yet another wail of anger. I pulled him closer to my chest and started to whisper soft nonsensical words into his ear.

"Come on baby boy, mommy needs to get a little sleep tonight and you know you don't want to wake Zoey up. That sister of yours is a bear when she doesn't get her beauty sleep." I whisper as I gently bounced him up and down. Though I have been told by two different doctors that my precious little boy has failed all of his hearing test, I just know he can hear me when he calms down slightly and stuffs his fist in his mouth. "Yeah, I don't want to be stuck with a cranky Zoey all day either." I smiled and pressed a kiss to his forehead.

"Bella, come on." Edward whined from the other side of the door once more.

"I swear to God, Edward Anthony Cullen, if you upset this boy I will castrate you." I hissed as I continued to bounce and press kisses to Zach's sweet little face.

"Just let me….." I shook my head even though I knew he couldn't see it as I walk away from our bedroom door, a bedroom that I haven't entered- let alone slept in- over the last three days, and walked my drowsy baby boy into his room where his sleeping sister laid quietly snoring in her crib.

"If your daddy gives you the flu, mommy is going to evict him from the house and make him sleep in the backyard." I sing-songed sweetly as I laid Zach into his crib and covered him up with his favorite blanket. I giggled as he grunted and even shook his head back and forth a couple times. "Ok, fine, just for you I'll let him live in the house with us. Truth be told Little Man, I think I would miss him too much. These last three days have been hell without him." I sighed as Zach closed his eyes with a slight smile on his lips. I tiptoed over to Zoey's crib and cover her with her blanket before pressing a kiss to her head. "Please give mommy a couple hours of sleep, even two would be great." I backed quietly out of the room after turning on the monitor, and sighed once more- in relief this time- as I quickly walked down the hall towards my much-missed bedroom.

"How long has it been since you've slept?" His voice was like a salve on my frazzled nerves, and I barely held back a sob as I let my exhausted body slide down the door, where I simply crumpled onto the floor in the hallway, him on one side, me on the other.

"I can't remember," I answered softly as I took a couple deep breaths, trying to hold back the tears that were still threating to fall.

"Please, if you're not going to let me help you, call someone else." His horse voice begged me as a few tears slipped past my defenses and I was oh-so thankful he couldn't see them.

"No," I huffed indignantly as I threw my head back, knocking it fairly hard against the door in the process. "I'm their mother; I should be able to handle them when their daddy is sick."

"Baby, there are two of them and only one of you. It doesn't show weakness to ask for help." I shook my head, trying like mad to fight off the sense of his words.

"NO!" I said harshly this time as I pushed myself up from the ground, turned around and leaned my head against the thin wood door that was separating me from my love. "I'm going to take advantage of both of the Gummies being asleep for now. I'll be on the couch, I love you." I whispered as I drew a heart of the door with my finger.

I heard a deep sigh and what I imagined was his forehead hitting the door. "I love you too, my stubborn woman."

I shook my head and whipped my eyes as I blindly shuffled down the hall, all the while doing everything in my power not to look at the piles of clean and dirty laundry scattered here and there and the ginormous stacks of dishes that littered my house.

"A couple of hours, that'll help" I nodded my head as I pulled my cell from the safe keeping of my bra and set my alarm. "I'll sleep for two hours and then get some housework done while they're still asleep." I sighed exhaustedly as I pushed a pile of clean towels to the end of the couch to use as a pillow and lay down using one of the largest as a blanket. I listened closely for any signs of little voices as my phone fell to the ground and my eyes almost physically slammed shut.


"Isabella Marie Swan." My heart clenches in momentary panic as my name was hissed angrily into my ears.

"Nope," I whispered as I shook my head and clenched my eyes shut, "it's only a dream."

"You wish." I heard the tapping of heels on the hardwood floor at the same time as I felt the presence of a large mass hovering menacingly somewhere over my head.

"Did he call you?" I sighed as I roll over and buried my head into the back of the couch, without even bothering to open my eyes. If I don't actually see them they aren't really here, right?

"Should have been your stubborn ass, but yes, he did call us." Alice's voice is so harsh I cringed as I tried to cover my head with one of the towels.

"Us?" I shook my head slowly, now more than a little scared of who he might have called.

"Yes 'us', Izzabee." I couldn't stop the grunt that escaped when I heard Emmett's upset voice come from over my head.

"Rose is in doing the dishes, Brandy is starting some laundry, and I just finished folding a few piles after we figured out which were solid and which were not." As her words begin to register, I turned over and looked wide eyed at Alice as she ticks off everything on her well-manicured fingers.

"How long have you guys been here?" I asked as I pushed myself off the couch and looked around my now clean living room; well, except for the pile of towels I was using as bedding.

"About two hours now." Emmett answered as he sat down next to me and pulled me into his side. "Why didn't you call us sooner Izzabee? The place looked like a tornado hit it, smelled like shit, and you still look like death warmed-over even after your nap."

"I didn't want to inconvenience any of you." I said in a low voice, just a little afraid to look either of my friends in the eyes.

"Shouldn't that have been a choice for us to make?" Alice asked seriously as she sat facing us on the coffee table. "Bella no matter how great a mom you are, sometimes you will need a bit of help. Why is it so hard for you to ask us?" She huffs out the question as she pulls me from Emmett's arms into a tight pixie hug.

"Wait, if you and Brandy are here who has the girls?" I asked as I looked around the too-quite-for-kids-to-be-in-attendance room.

"Jasper," Emmett answered with a chuckle, "he got the short straw." I could only shake my head and sigh in amusement.

"So, I'm guessing you turned off my alarm?" I asked as I playfully slapped his arm and then hugged him.

"I did, but before we do anymore of the 'huggen stuff'." he hesitates for a second before he gently pushes my shoulders and holds me at an arm's length away from him and shakes his head, "you really need to take a shower. Girl, you are ripe!" I snapped my eyes to his and glared angrily at him and was just about to complain when Alice held up her hand.

"Its fine Bell's, go take a shower. I promise we have everything under control. Zach has been fed and changed and is now riding on his Aunt Rosie's back helping her do dishes. Zoey has had the same and is sitting in the bouncer on the dryer while Brandy works her little tail off." I nodded as Emmett helped me up and pushed me toward the shower. "But Bella, we will be talking about this little problem you seem to have concerning asking your family for help later." She scolds as she tapped her foot once again on the hardwood floor.

"And don't be too hard on Eddie, he loves you and it was killing him to have to hear you go through all this alone." Emmett called out after me. I just rolled my eyes and tried to fight the smile that was pulling at my lips.

"I'm one lucky woman to have them," I whispered to myself as I headed into the spare bathroom to take a much needed shower.


"I swear to God Mary Alice Whitlock if you gave him the day off I'm going to stick this Jimmy so high up your ass…" Rose's words died on her lips as Riley waltzed into the room carrying a silver platter full of cookies and steaming Starbucks cups.

"Coffee's on ladies," He said sing-songishly and smirked as he made sure hands Rose her cup first and wink before turning to me.

"You are such a flirt," I whisped as he handed me my decaf- Cinnamon Dolce Latte. He shrugs and leaned in to kiss my cheek

"She is just too easy," he whispered back and then turned to Brandy as I looked at Rose who was now glaring at the spot on my cheek where Ry's lips had just touched.

"Don't you think you have enough men falling all over your ass Bella? Can't you fucking share?" she pouted as she flopped back into the nearest chair.

"Sure, I can Rosie-pooh," I cooed as I sat on her lap and wraped my free arm around her shoulders. "You can have Edward." I squealed as I jumped up from her lap, thankfully not spilling my coffee all over both of us, as she pinched my side.

"I would rather have one that wasn't related to me, thank you." She hissed with a smile as she took a long pull from her coffee and moaned. "Why is it always better when he gets it?"

Alice waved her hands up and down showcasing Riley's body and rolled her eyes. "Do I really have to say anything more?"

"Nope." we all agreed at once and then started laughing when a blush covered Riley's face.

"Ok ladies have a great time playing dress up, Hitler here has given me a shit-ton of work to do and calls to make." He offered us a dramatic bow and winked at Rose as he backed out of the room.

"God," Rose sighed as she fanned herself. "Please tell me his girlfriend's a bitch." I chuckled as I took a drink of my coffee.

"Nope, she's the sweetest little thing you have ever met." Alice answered gaily with a smile as Rose groaned and shook her head.

"You could have lied to me, you know." She hissed to Alice as she looked out the window and took a drink of her coffee. "So dang good, I have to get him to teach Emmett his tricks since I can't have him." She sighed and flopped back on the couch.

"Ok, on with the dress-up," Alice yelled as she runs over to one of the many racks on the wall and pulls out two white bags. "This one is for you, my love. But just remember; I'm still pissed at you for going with Jackson." She says as she hands Brandy one of the bags with a kiss on the cheek, then dances over to me and kneels at me feet holding the other bag out to me. "And for the princess of the night."

I shook my head and giggled as I started to slowly pull the zipper down with my eyes closed.

"Now remember, Rob is the one that picked out the color and style, you gave up all rights having any say when you pushed it all onto him," she reminded me when I got the zipper about half-way down the bag. "And it is the MTV Movie awards, so it couldn't be too elegant."

"It's his thing; I'm just the arm candy for the night," I giggled as I continued to pull the zipper down.

"And what a hot piece of arm candy you'll be. Hot damn Tink, I really think this is your best one yet." Rose gushed as she took the dress from my shaking hands and held it up to my body. "Oh wow this color is just perfect with her skin and hair."

"Yeah, I was really excited when he told me he wanted a blueone. I've had this roll of fabric sitting in my store room just waiting for the perfect occasion."

"Alice is that the Douppioni you bought last year?" Brandy said gasping as she ran her hand over the materiel of the dress still pressed up against my body. I looked up to see Alice nod and then back down to the dress, still in awe of its simple beauty.

"Oh, look at this slit," Rose whispered in awe as she gently drew fingers up the side of the gown. "it just keeps going."

"It only goes to the upper thigh," Alice said as she looked up to me and smiled just a little too sweetly. "I know how you are about your body now," she rolled her eyes and shook her head, "even though I still don't understand. You are rocking those new curves like a fucking model. But I did keep the slit conservative, well for me at least." She giggled as I glared at her slightly. "What do you think Bell's?" she asked me, and for once in her life I really think she was worried about my answer. I slowly walked over to the full length mirror and held back the tears as I looked at the magnificent dress in front of me.

The royal blue full length material was absolutely striking against my natural coloring, even I had to agree to that, and the simple A-line cut with an ever-so-slight bunching at the waist and a halter neckline gave it that dramatic yet understated appearance. In short, this dress had everything that I always look for in my own choices. Rob's wants may have been the main focus of the piece, but I could see she honestly took the time to make it something I would feel completely comfortable wearing in front of millions of screaming fans.

"It's perfect." I whispered as I stared at the dress in the mirror.

"Well?" Alice said as she peaked around my shoulder. I raised my eyebrow as I looked into her eyes through the mirror. "Gonna try it on?" she asked with a smile on her lips. I nodded absently as she led me to the dressing room.

"Well?" I heard Rose yell from the other side of the door.

"Damn girl keep your panties on. I do need a little bit of time to put it on you know." I turned around once more for good luck, just checking to make sure that everything was perfect before I opened the door and posed in my best over the top model pose.

"Oh Bella!" Brandy and Rose gasped, while I heard a distinct giggle from our own little pixie.

"At least the dress is perfect, but the "Blue Steel" duck lip pose has got to go." I laughed as the other two finally looked up and burst out laughing.

"Damn, I thought I could use this one for the red carpet." I jokingly chuckled as Alice started to tug and pull at the dress, the designer in her checking to make sure that everything was perfect.

"I may have to bring the waist in a bit; you've lost more weight than I thought." She hummed abstractly as she scrutinized the fit of the dress over my ass and then patted it before skipping off to her desk. "Other than that, it's perfect. Just don't lose any more weight before the show, ok?" She stated sternly as she pointed at me with one finger and rummaged through her desk. Then without even looking up she said. "Brandy yours is perfect, as it should be since we already did a fitting yesterday. Just remember to wear the silver shoes we bought, not the black," She said, reminding of which accessories would be best before holding up her pin cushion and dancing back to my side.

"Silver, yeah I got it Alice, just like every other time you've told me over the last week." Brandy laughed as she dodged a flying pin cushion and ran to hide inside the fitting room.


"You do know that your date is starting to feel a little neglected, don't you?" Brandy whispered into my ear as I once again looked down at my cell phone to read the incoming text.

"Oh please Brandy, he's up there. He doesn't even know that I'm texting Edward right now." I sagely pointed out as I glanced down to read how my two little Gummies were doing. And just like with Alice, I swear I could hear her eyes roll. Those two were definitely spending way too much time together.

"He did help raise Lizzy remember, and she is still here to tell the tail." I sighed at her retort as she sat back into her seat and I heard Jackson chuckle.

"Don't be too hard on her Brand, she's just so used to being at award ceremonies that she's bored." I glared at him as I huffed and shoved my cell phone into my clutch.

"FINE," I hissed with a tight smile on my face and then winked at him to make sure he knew I was joking. "it's gone. When does he do his presenting?"

"His is the next one up," Jackson said with a chuckle still in his voice. "Is she going to be this bad when Ashley and I watch them next weekend?" he stage whispered to Brandy, not at all trying to keep his sarcastic words from me.

"Worse," She said, which caused them both to laugh.

"I hate you both," I deadpanned right back at them just as Rob was being introduced onstage. "I'm really not that bad, you know."

"Bell's, you've been checking up on Edward every five minutes, each time asking how the kids are. Hell, I even saw you check your phone on the red carpet." I closed my eyes and sighed as I heard Rob introduce Keith Urban.

"Really? Keith? I thought he was introducing Aerosmith." I asked as I looked up onto stage right when the house went dark. I heard the strums for the beginnings of 'Only you can love me this way'. "Oh I love this song." I sighed and closed my eyes as the words to the first verse flowed over me.

Well I know there's a reason

And I know there's a rhyme

We were meant to be together

That's why...

We can roll with the punches

We can stroll hand in hand

And when I say it's forever

You understand...

"Oh my God, Rob is walking back onto stage with a guitar," Brandy leaned over Jackson to whisper in my ear, causing my eyes to fly open and as I stared in wonder when Rob not only started playing along with the song but started singing backup too.

That you're always in my heart,

You're always on my mind

But when it all becomes too much,

You're never far behind

And there's no one that comes close to you

Could ever take your place

Cause only you can love me this way

I sighed and shook my head when Rob looked toward where we were sitting in the audience and blatantly winked at me in front of millions of people.

"I thought we were trying to debunk the whole relationship thing for the tabloids. That right there IS not going to debunk anything." I huffed angrily,offering Rob a glare I knew he would never see.

I could have turned a different corner

I could have gone another place

Then I'd of never had this feeling

That I feel today, yeah...

"Live a little Bell's, blow him a kiss." Jackson laughed and bumped my shoulder while Rob once again winked towards our direction.

"Oh I have no problem living, Rob on the other hand might have loads of problems doing just that after tonight,." I laughed when Jackson just shook his head and smiled.

"I think Zoey will have a problem with you hurting her Uncle Robbie." I shushed him with a wave of my hand.

And you're always in my heart,

Always on my mind

When it all becomes too much,

You're never far behind

And there's no one that comes close to you

Could ever take your place

Cause only you can love me this way


"Someone else is going to sing along with them?" I asked myself as I watched Rob waved to someone just off stage after setting his own guitar down.

"You could say that," Brandy chuckled causing my eyes to leave the stage and look at her smiling face.

"What's….?" I stopped deand when I heard a voice other than Keith's start to sing the next verse, a voice that I knew like my own. "Edward?" I whispered as I slowly turned my head back to the stage in bewilderment. It was a complete shock for me to see my Edward standing up on the MTV Movie Awards stage in a tuxedo singing side by side with Keith Urban and Rob.

And you're always in my heart,

You're always on my mind

And when it all becomes too much,

You're never far behind

And there's no one that comes close to you

Could ever take your place

Cause only you can love me this way

"Isabella Marie Swan, would you please join us up on stage?" Rob asked with a chuckle in his voice. I shook my head violently in the negative even as I felt my traitorous friend's hands lifting me from my seat and pushing me towards the aisle. My ears rang with the roar of the crowd as I looked back at Brandy and Jackson's smiling faces. Something was definitely happening here, I just wasn't sure what it was.

"Go!" Brandy mouthed, "He's waiting for you." My eyes stung with hundreds of unshed tears as I looked up to the stage where Edward was now down on one knee holding out his hand to me.

"OH MY GOD." I whispered as an usher took my arm and lead me slowly down the aisle and helped me up the stair onto stage.


Only you can love me this way.

"What….?" I stuttered as Rob met me at the end of the stairs and took my hand in his. "How?"

Come on, I'd swear we have a better vocabulary then this.

"It's just one of the perks of being me." Rob bent down and whispered into my ear as he gently led me towards Edward's still kneeling form. The tears finally fell free of my lashes and slipped down my cheeks as his bright green eyes looked into mine and his crooked smile pulled at his lips.

"I love you," he said and I had to strain to hear him over the sounds of the still screaming crowd.

"I love you too," I barely got out as I watched his hand reach into his pocket and bring out a small red box. My breath hitched in my chest as he held the box out to me and cleared his throat. The sounds of hundreds of gasps and awe's throughout the auditorium rang in my ears as I watched Edwards' trembling fingers slowly open the box to reveal the most beautiful diamond ring I had ever seen.

"I have gone over what I wanted to say to you at this moment hundreds of times. Do I want to bring up how I was enraptured with you even when you were simply an image in a frame in a house my friend let me stay in? Should I mention how my world spun out of control the minute I watched you crawl away from me that first day?" I laughed and covered my mouth as he winked and continued.

"Maybe I should comment about the moment when you looked into my eyes the first time and said the most wonderful words a man could ever hear for the very first time. Or maybe it was when I saw you holding our children for the first time. That would be easy, because then I could just go with the simple statement of how my life was meaningless without you. But now I'm here, with the most beautiful woman in the world looking at me with so much love in her eyes, and I can't think of everything I wanted to say. And then again, at the same time I have so much bubbling up I want to explode. But I know this without question; I love you with all my heart, and I can't see my life without you in it. Would you make me the happiest man in the world and spend the rest of forever with me as my wife?" I watched as he swallowed thickly and fidgeted slightly on his knee.

"Yes," I whispered as I fell onto my knees right and into his arms. "Oh Edward, a thousand times, YES!" I cried as his lips met mine and the room exploded into scrams of excitement and applause.