A/N: So, okay here is the epilogue and the story will now be marked as COMPLETED! Still can't believe I did it! :-) At the end of the epilogue is a MINI (like seriously SMALL) teaser from an idea I've been thinking about. Let me know if you'd like to see me continue to develop it.
It's tentatively titled Rx for Love and it finds our canon couples being treated individually by psychiatrist, Dr. Carlisle Cullen who unwittingly makes three love connections for six of his patients.
Thanks to everyone for reading and reviewing this has been an incredible journey!
Thanks to vjgm- Twilighted beta extraordinaire
Stephenie Meyer owns the Twilight enigma.
One year and two months later. . .
"So, why don't you tell me a little bit about your experience," he said as he placed kisses down my neck and across my shoulder. He hovered over me with his palms pressed down on either side of my head and braced his weight on the mattress.
Suddenly I found it hard to have a coherent thought much less form a coherent sentence. He lowered his body on to mine and allowed the tip of his erection to barely graze my clit. I whimpered.
"Miss, you really don't appear to want this job," he taunted.
"I um- I have five years trial law experience," I managed to say.
He dipped his head lower feathering kisses along my chest until he reached my breasts. I could feel the heat from his mouth over my right nipple.
"Interesting. What firm were you with?" he asked as his tongue darted out to make contact.
"A law firm," I moaned.
He laughed so hard the entire bed shook. "Okay, okay, the interview is over. You've got the job," he took my breast into his warm mouth and teased my nipple with his teeth. Gently tugging and nibbling.
I writhed beneath him and arched my hips in desperate need for penetration. I grabbed his hips to pull him closer to me.
"You're always so impatient," he chuckled. He rolled off of me and stood at the edge of the bed.
"Wh-what are doing?" I asked my lust filled haze was quickly turning into anger.
He didn't utter a word instead he grabbed my ankles and slowly dragged me across the bed. When my ass was teetering on the edge of the bed he forced my legs open. I felt like I was at the gynecologist office. My eyes widened when I realized what he was doing. The bed was a good four feet off the ground, which made it the perfect angle.
He gripped my knees and without warning he thrust into me. I screamed his name, which only served to fuel his passion. He continued to thrust into me, harder and harder as I slipped further and further into oblivion. I felt his hands on my breasts and I moaned. I needed more, wanted to feel more. I slowly trailed my hands down my stomach as I stared up at him. His breathing was erratic as he slowed his movements and watched me. I used my index finger to stroke my clit and his movements stopped.
"Don't stop, please I'm almost there," I whined. Our eyes were locked on each other as he slowly began to thrust again.
"I love watching you touch yourself," he said hoarsely. I felt his fingers stroke the top of my hand and then his finger were manipulating my folds while he slid in and out of me. It was such delicious torture. All of my nerve endings were on fire but I still needed more.
"I need to feel all of you, harder," I commanded. He complied without hesitation. I locked my legs around his ass willing him to go deeper. He understood and plunged into me with fierce abandon both of our hands still stroking me. I was going to explode in five, four, three, two. . . . .
"Yes, yes, yes!!" I yelled as my orgasm overtook me. He continued to pound into me and when I sat up (giving him even more access) and stroked the underside of his cock he exploded inside of me. He collapsed on top of me out of breath and slowly pulled out before climbing back on the bed.
"Absolutely amazing," he breathed as he gathered me in his arms.
"Thank you," I teased.
He laughed as his fingertips danced down my arm from my shoulder to my elbow. "So, are you sure you're not going to have a problem with me being your boss?" he asked solemnly.
I titled my head and met his gaze. "The question you should be asking yourself Mr. Cullen, is if you're going to have a problem with me working for you?" I kissed his chin and rubbed my thumb over his bottom lip. He kissed my thumb.
"No, Mrs. Cullen I won't have a problem at all," he said confidently.
It was Thursday afternoon and we lay wrapped in each other's arm enjoying the last night of our honeymoon. We would be leaving Italy tomorrow afternoon headed back to the States and our new life together. Our wedding had been a simple but elegant affair in the garden at Edward's parent's house and a month before we exchanged vows we moved into our new home. We decided we wanted a fresh start in a place that would be ours. It was a large cottage style house conveniently located between downtown and the suburbs. There was more than enough space for us to combine most of our belongings, have a home office and room for any future Baby Cullen's. A larger house also meant Edward could get a new piano. His apartment hadn't been large enough to accommodate a piano not to mention, I'm sure his neighbors would have eventually grown tired of him playing regardless to how amazing it sounded.
When we returned home I would also be working a six-month contract for Cullen and Associates to help mediate a corporate merger. Not exactly what I had in mind when I considered corporate law but it would definitely add some much needed experience to my repertoire. I still wasn't one hundred percent sold on the idea of working for Edward mainly because I didn't want there to be any overkill of quality time. I mean being married, living together and working together. It just seemed like it could eventually become a bit much. Two weeks later my theory was put to the test.
"I'm not sure I approve of your methods," Edward argued.
"I wasn't aware I needed your approval. I was under the impression that as an independent contractor, I was allowed to work with in-house counsel to mediate this merger in a way that would be beneficial to both parties," I cocked an eyebrow.
"Explain why you think only offering stock grants to key employees is a good idea," he stared at me.
I stood and folded my arms across my chest. "It's a good idea because we need to find an incentive to avoid losing key personnel through attrition. Once the merger is complete there will be a round of layoffs to eliminate any duplication of effort on overlapping positions. Most of those layoffs will occur in sales and marketing. We want to retain employees who can champion this merger and continue operations, so I agreed to the stock options for those employees. It doesn't make sense to put a blanket stock offering in place for all employees when we already know we won't be keeping them. That is why the severance program is in place, we don't want to create an additional liability,"
He seemed to be contemplating my words. He sighed deeply.
"Doesn't it feel a bit discriminatory? There are bound to be some complaints filed to the Department of Labor," he said.
"We are working on the language in the merger document. They want to tie it to compensation,"
"Fair enough. This is our first corporate assignment and I do trust your judgment, I just want to be kept in the loop. I promise not to interfere and will leave the remaining decisions to you and in-house counsel. Just be aware there may be some dissention amongst the ranks," he remarked quietly.
My eyes widened. "Really. So, one of their attorneys didn't agree with me and went running to my boss? Nice," I spat.
"Bella, let's not play into this okay. Like I said just keep me in the loop so I can support you,"
I smiled. "Thank you Mr. Cullen. Is there anything else?" I sat down at my desk and looked up at him.
"Oh, yeah, I have a meeting that will probably run late this evening, so I'll meet you at Em and Rose's later," he grimaced.
My mouth fell open.
"Edward!" I whispered harshly. "I can't take care of Lily by myself!"
Emmett and Rosalie's daughter, Lillian was now four months old and tonight was the first night Edward and I were babysitting. This was Esme's brilliant idea. She said we needed "practice" for our future kids and of course the other Cullen's agreed wholeheartedly. So, now my husband was going to leave me alone with an infant. I was used to being around an infant since Jacob and Leah gave birth to their son, J.J. (Jacob Jr.). But I only saw him once a month and I never spent any time alone with him.
"Sweetheart, I'll be there as soon as I can. Probably less than an hour," he tried to soothe me but I was in full blown panic mode.
"But what if something goes wrong and I'm there by myself? At least the two of us could maybe figure something out," I pouted.
"You'll be fine. Besides when we have kids there will probably be times that you are alone with the baby. This will be a good exercise for you," he winked.
Good exercise my ass! "Get out of my office," I pointed to the door.
He looked over his shoulder before he stepped closer to me.
"Do I need to remind you who's in charge around here," he whispered in my ear and then licked the outer lobe.
I gasped and my knees buckled. I leaned against my desk for support.
"If I decide to stay here all day and converse, deliberate or ravish you. It's my prerogative," he finished huskily.
We tried very hard not to let our personal relationship affect our business relationship especially at the office. But right now I didn't give a damn about those rules. I would have complied without hesitation if he pushed me down on my desk and wanted to strip off all my clothes.
"Do we understand each other?" he teased as he trailed a finger from my cheek down to my neck.
"Bastard," I muttered under breath. Two could play this game. "Yes, sir we understand each other. I would just ask in the future-," I stepped even closer to him until our bodies were flush. I peered around him to make sure we didn't have an audience in the hallway before I finished. "In the future, please make sure you don't start something you can't finish," I ran my thumb along his bottom lip and drug my fingernails from his chest down to his groin and gave his cock a gentle squeeze. He let a quiet moan escape.
I pushed away from him. "Don't leave me alone too long," I said sternly and returned to my desk chair.
He stared at me through narrowed eyes. "You will pay for that," he adjusted his crotch discreetly.
"Promises, promises," I teased as I bit the tip of my pen.
"Goodbye Bella, I'll see you later," he made a hasty retreat and I laughed loudly.
It was going to be a long day.
This was the longest day of my life. First, I get a call from an attorney at one of the company's involved in the merger, who clearly has a problem with Bella. I expected Bella to be a lot more defensive when I approached her but she took it all in stride and confidently explained her rationale and held steadfast to her decision. The biggest turn on ever! I respected Bella's mind and her judgment and I made it clear I only wanted to support her. That made her happy but then I told her she'd be with Lily by herself for an hour and her confidence flew out the window. I'd watched her with Jacob's son and she was definitely a natural. Our children were going to be lucky to have her as a mother. If we ever had children, I was certain she was going to kill me because I was running almost two hours late.
When I arrived at Emmett's I let myself in and watched Bella with Lily before I made my presence known.
"There, there sweet girl. It's okay. Don't cry. Let Aunt Bella make it all better," she said softly. She walked around the living room with Lily held close to her breast. She started humming a lullaby and Lily's cries stopped and she cooed.
My heart swelled in my chest at the sight of Bella with Lily. I felt I was getting a glimpse of her with our future child. I found it hard to fight the emotions I was feeling. A lump formed in my throat and tears sprang to my eyes. I cleared my throat and Bella turned startled.
Her grip on Lily had tightened. "Edward," she breathed.
"I'm sorry, love, I just- I saw you with her and I didn't want to interrupt," I whispered. "Is she sleep?" I asked. I walked closer and peered down at my niece. She looked like an angel. Curly blond ringlets framed her face; her chubby little cheeks held a faint blush and her bright blue eyes were gazing up at Bella.
"Hey, sweet girl, look who's here. It's your Uncle Edward," Bella announced softly.
Lily smiled. Bella's face brightened. "Did you see that?!" she asked excitedly.
"Yes, I did," I laughed.
"Guess I'm not the only one you completely dazzle. Just the mention of your name and she's all smiles," Bella teased. "Here," Bella lifted her towards me.
I considered myself to be a strong, manly man but this little girl turned me into complete mush. Suddenly I was sweating and all shaky. Bella giggled.
"Its okay, Uncle Edward. You won't hurt her. Just hold her up like this," Bella instructed.
I held her securely in my arms and she looked up at me and smiled again.
"Can we get one of these?" I asked absently.
Bella laughed. "Sure, let's just go online and Google 'newborns'. I'm sure we can have one delivered tomorrow,"
I placed a gentle kiss on Lily's head.
"I can't wait to start a family of our own," I took a deep breath and looked at Bella.
"You're going to make an amazing father some day," she hugged my waist.
"I'll pale in comparison to you. You are a natural, Bella." I kissed her lips gently.
"Apparently so are you. I've been trying to put her to sleep for over an hour. I guess she was waiting up for you," Bella whispered as we both stared into Lily's beautiful sleeping face. "Let's take her to the nursery," Bella suggested.
Once Lily was all safe and snug in bed, I met Bella in the kitchen. She was making club sandwiches.
"So, did your meeting go okay?" she asked.
"Yeah, things are just such a mess. Sorry I took so long," I wrapped my arms around her waist and kissed her neck. "Have I told you I love you today?" I asked.
"This morning in the shower and before you left for work and this afternoon at lunch," she confirmed.
"Only three times. That just won't do. I want you to know it and feel it every hour of every day," I kissed her passionately and she responded by abandoning the sandwiches and locking her arms around my neck.
"I do feel it. All the time. Even when you're not with me. I love you too, Edward so much. I've never loved anyone more," she whispered against my mouth.
I pressed her against the granite island and began to lift her skirt.
"As much as I would love to finish this, I don't think it's a good idea," she panted.
"Lily is asleep. She'll be fine," I tried to convince her as I brought my mouth back to hers.
"It's not Lily I'm worried about. Emmett left specific instructions for us not to defile their house in any way. He said he would know if we- and I quote- 'got our rocks off' in his house," she laughed. "Besides they should be back soon,"
I laughed too and decided begrudgingly to wait until we got home. We ate in the kitchen and talked about everything but work. I smiled as I watched her grow animated as she told me a story about something that happened to Alice. I hadn't heard a word she said, I was too mesmerized by the twinkle in her eyes and the glow on her face. She was beautiful and she was mine.
"Earth to Edward!" she waved her hand in front of my face.
I blinked. "Sorry, love,"
She narrowed her eyes. "You didn't hear a word I said did you?"
"No. I'm sorry. I was too busy ogling you," I teased. I pulled her to me and kissed her deeply prying her lips open to capture her tongue.
"You know I never believed in happily ever after until I met you," she pulled away breathlessly and smiled brightly.
"So are you saying I'm your prince charming?" I raised an eyebrow.
"Definitely," she smiled and then took her bottom lip between her teeth before she met my eyes. She looked hesitant.
"What?" I asked concerned.
"I was thinking maybe in the spring we could start trying for a little Edward. What do you think?" she asked nervously.
"Hmm. A little Edward. That's a scary thought," I laughed. "But a little Bella would be magnificent,"
She giggled and hugged me tightly. "I love you," she whispered.
I smiled as I kissed the top of her forehead. Suddenly, spring seemed too far away. I couldn't wait to start making babies with Bella. A child would be the ultimate extension of our love. Even when our bodies no longer inhabited this Earth our love would live on through our children and our grandchildren. It would become eternal and remain unbroken. It would truly last forever.
MINI Teaser: Rx for Love
Dr. Carlisle Cullen is a successful psychiatrist who helps heal six of his most troubled patients by prescribing love in the most unlikely of places.
He stared at the clock for the fourth time during this session.
"Is there some where you need to be?" I asked. "You keep looking at the clock,"
His eyes darted to mine and he blushed apparently embarrassed I had caught him. He cleared his throat.
"Ah, no. I just- she- uh, she usually comes home everyday at 5:15 and checks her mail before going to her apartment," he finally managed to say.
I smiled faintly.
"Have you spoken to her yet?"
His eyes widened and he looked at me like I was the one who needed my head examined.
"No! Of course not. I don't even know her," he insisted.
"Edward, that's the first step in getting to know someone. You just walk up to her and introduce yourself,"
"No, no- I couldn't. She might think I'm trying to stalk her or something. Or worse what if she runs away screaming?" he grimaced.
Three months of therapy and I had yet to put a dent in his self esteem issues.
"Why would she run away screaming?" I pressed.
"I don't know. I just think it would be scary for some random guy to just walk up to her and start talking. Besides what would I say?"
"You could start by saying, 'hi'," I offered.
He scoffed as if that solution was just too easy.
"I don't know. Maybe. One day. Or maybe I'll just smile or something," he sighed non-commitally.
"Good, I think you should. You might be pleasantly surprised by her response. So, we have a few minutes left. Is there anything else you wanted to talk about? Any more dreams about your parents?" I asked carefully.
His face contorted in pain.
"No. I think I'm done for today," he whispered.
"All right, then. I will see you here next week, same time,"
He raised his tall, lanky frame from the couch and brushed his wild hair back on his head.
"Thank you, Dr. Cullen," he said politely as he shook my hand. We ended each and every session like this for the past three months.
"I think this was an excellent session, Bella. I am thrilled at how well you are progressing," I complimented her and watched the deep blush creep on to her face.
"Thank you," she said shyly.
"So, is there anything else you would like to talk about today?"
Her blush deepened and she hesitated before meeting my eyes. A slow smile formed on her face and a giggled escaped her lips.
My eyes widened. I had never seen her excited about anything.
"He finally spoke to me," she said breathlessly.
I smiled reassuringly. "Really?" I asked genuinely surprised. "When?"
"Yesterday when I was getting my mail," She was practically vibrating in her seat. It was so adorable.
"What did he say?" I inquired.
"He said, 'hi',"
(So Rx for Love. . .yea or nay?)