This is the third installment to my 'Highly Inappropriate' series. It's the epilogue to 'How Long is Forever'. 'In Omnia Paratus' is Latin for 'Ready for Anything', which I got from Gilmore Girls, which I am currently watching on DVD.
Dedication: I have a few people to thank:
-bexsroxsxtwilight, who gave me my first ever review, which was on my story 'Forbidden'.
.01, who continues to give me good reviews and support.
-twilightlovr1995, another person dedicated to the story, another great reviewer.
-lemonverbena, who takes the time to review every single chapter.
-acw1, who gave the first review for 'How Long is Forever?'
-My sister Evelyn, who gave me the idea for the storyline.
-My younger brother Ryan, who found Bella's wedding night lingerie for me. I know that was real hard for him. LOL. Somebody was browsing my Victoria's Secret magazine.
Thanks guys. Your support and dedication to the story was amazing.
This story takes place 5 years after the last chapter of 'How Long is Forever', so 10 years after Edward and Bella meet.
"Edward, we're late!" I called, shoving my arms into the sleeves of my coat. Edward tromped down the stairs, his face weary.
"We have five kids, Bella. I think Carlisle and Esme expect us to be late." He pointed out, but gave me a crooked smile. "You look beautiful."
"Thank you." I smiled, and leaned in for a kiss. Our moment alone was shattered in a split second.
"Mommy!" A familiar bellow came from upstairs and I groaned.
"I'll get everyone else into the car, you handle Lynnette." Edward comprised, pecking my lips before gathering the rest of our kids.
Our last five years have been busy. A year after our wedding, we found out we were expecting twins. Lynette and Ryan were born, and Edward and I decided it was time to move into a bigger house. Then, less than a year later, I was pregnant again; with our daughter Ella. Our new house became cramped, so we moved yet again, and decided not to have any more kids. Then came Claire. But I don't regret any of our children. Even though, in the past, I didn't want kids, motherhood has been incredible.
"What's wrong, sweetie?" I asked as I came into Lynnette's room. She was sitting on the floor, pouting.
"I don't want to go." She whined, crawling onto my lap when I sat down next to her.
"But you love going to see Carlisle and Esme." I sighed, fixing her mussed curls. "And don't you want to play with Andrew and Cecily?" Lynnette instantly perked up.
"They'll be there!?" She asked excitedly, getting off my lap.
"Yep. And so will your aunts and uncles, and everyone will want to see you." I said, trying to persuade her. We were already a half hour late. Edward suddenly appeared in the doorframe, holding his arms out to Lynnette.
"Ready, sweetie?" He asked, and she immediately ran to him, making me sigh.
All of our daughters are daddy's girls.
"I think we're good to go." Edward said to me as I followed him downstairs. "Dora, Ryan, Ella, and Claire are all in the car, strapped into their car seats.
"Okay, we can go." I said, rubbing my forehead. It was only seven o'clock and I was exhausted. Edward had been working double shifts all week, so this was the first time we actually had the chance to talk.
"How has your week been?" Edward asked as we pulled out of the driveway. "I've hardly seen you." My sentiments exactly.
"Busy." I said ruefully. "Dora had dance practice every night, Ryan had a cold; so I had to keep him away from Claire, and Ella decided to 'decorate' the playroom walls again." I sighed, and Edward chuckled. "Do you have to work tomorrow?" I asked, taking one of his hands. He smiled.
"Nope. I'm free." He cast a look into the backseat and lowered his voice. "What did you have in mind?"
"Well…..Dora will be at school, and Ryan and Lynnette will be at preschool. And Alice volunteered to watch Ella and Claire for us…." I trailed off suggestively and Edward squeezed my hand tighter.
"I'll take you out for a romantic lunch." He promised. But that wasn't what I wanted.
"I don't need a romantic lunch." I whispered, aware that our five children were in the backseat. "I need you." Edward's grip on the steering wheel tightened considerably, but he shook his head.
"No, I want to take you somewhere." He insisted, not taking his eyes off the road. "We haven't had a chance for a real conversation in forever. I miss you." I felt myself practically melt at his words, so I agreed. By that time, we were pulling into Carlisle and Esme's already crowded driveway. Everyone was already here. We unloaded all the kids and trooped up to the house.
"How late are we?" I asked, readjusting Claire in my arms as I rang the doorbell with my elbow. Edward shifted Ella in his arms to check his watch.
"Only about forty-five minutes." He said just as the door swung open. "Rose!" He cried, kissing his sister on the cheek.
"Hey guys!" She stepped aside to let our brood in but held me back as everyone else stormed the living room. "I have some news to break tonight." Rosalie whispered in my ear, and my eyes instantly trailed to her stomach.
"Oh my god, Rose! Are you-" She waved her hands, cutting me off.
"Shh! I don't want anyone else to know! I just found out this afternoon, and haven't even told Emmet." Rosalie whispered, his eyes shining with excitement. I hadn't seen her this happy in a long time; not since she had gotten married. "Come on, everyone else is in the living room. Dinner isn't ready yet." I trailed her into the expansive living room to greet the rest of the family with hugs and kisses. Lynnette and Ryan were already playing with Alice and Jasper's kids; Andrew and Cecily. Esme held Ella, and Carlisle immediately claimed Claire as I walked into the room.
"Hey, Bells." Emmet immediately pulled me onto the couch so I was situated between him and Edward. "You know what happens in two weeks?" He asked, a devious smile on his face.
"Hmmm….could it be somebody's fortieth birthday?" I asked, tickling Edward's stomach and raising my eyebrows.
"Ugh! Don't start with me!" Edward pouted, but the corners of his mouth twitched.
"I don't know, Mr. Masen. You're getting awfully old." I teased, snuggling against him. "Maybe I should find a younger man."
"Don't even think about it!" Edward growled, pulling me into a kiss. We continued to kiss until Dora started gagging.
"There are children in the room." Jasper pointed out, and we broke apart hesitantly.
We would have alone time soon enough.
So, that's the first part of the epilogue. Should I stop, or continue for a couple more chapters? Please review!
Xoxo- Melodyella aka Mellie