Epilogue: Greatness

Bella pushed a strand of hair behind her ear as she put hers and Edward's wedding photograph on the mantle piece. "That's the last of it," she announced. She felt a tug on her pant leg. She looked down and smiled to see her one-year-old son staring up at her with his emerald green eyes, his pacifier bobbing up and down in his mouth as he held his arms open for his mother. Bella smiled as she lifted him up into her arms, kissing his forehead. "Hey there buddy," she said quietly.

She walked out of the living room carrying a box with her free hand as she tossed the box to Emmett. "Thanks for your help," she told him.

"No prob," he answered.

Rosalie walked in with three-year-old Evelyn sitting on her hip. The toddler had Emmett's brown eyes, Rosalie's long blonde hair with curls in it. "Renesmee should be home from kindergarten soon," Bella commented. She moved so her son was sitting more on her hip.

"How's Eddie doing?" Emmett asked.

Bella kissed her son's cheek. "He's alright, just a little grouchy because he refused to take his nap," Bella replied looking at the baby.

"Where's Edward at?" Emmett asked.

"He's at the hospital, remember he has to get his residency in yet," she replied.

She swayed back and forth, making her son giggle. "Have you heard from Jasper and Alice?" She asked.

"Yep, she'll be calling you later. Jasper got a teaching job at a college for history and she got a job at a fashion agency," Rosalie replied.

"What about Jacquelyn?" She asked.

"Alice takes her to work most of the time," Emmett laughed.

"Why doesn't that surprise me?" Bella answered.

A car pulled up and Renesmee climbed out. "Mama!" She called beaming. She ran over with a drawing in her hand. "Look, look!" She told her mother excitedly.

"What's that baby?" She asked, holding up a picture.

"You, daddy, Eddie, and me," Renesmee replied smiling.

"Your first drawing for our new refrigerator," Bella told her, kissing her forehead.

She walked into the kitchen with her daughter trailing behind her and hung the picture up. "Daddy's going to love it when he comes home," she commented. Emmett lifted his niece, having her sit on one of the barstools by the island in the kitchen.

"Mama where's daddy?" Renesmee asked.

"He had to go to work today," Bella replied.

Eddie started whimpering when Bella tried to put him down. "He's in one of those moods too?" Rosalie asked.

"Oh yeah, he just throws a tantrum when I put him down today," she replied.

She kissed the side of his head before moving over to the refrigerator to get out some milk for Renesmee. Eddie gripped her shirt and scanned the new house curiously. "How does it feel to have a house you can actually share with your husband?" Rosalie asked.

"Feels nice to be staying in the same house as him instead of him living here in one apartment and I was finishing my transfer back in New Hampshire," Bella replied.

They left the kitchen and Bella sat down with Eddie standing on her knees. "You big boy," she cooed. Eddie gurgled and bounced on her knees.

"Has he been walking?" Emmett asked.

"Yeah he walks now, most of the time to run after Edward out the door," Bella replied with a laugh.

Emmett and Rosalie laughed as they sat down. Renesmee came out with her sippy cup of milk. "Renesmee, you know the rules," she told her daughter.

"Mommy," she pouted.

"Ness, kitchen," Bella told her.

The little girl ran back into the kitchen and Bella sat up. "Since when did you start calling her Ness?" Emmett teased.

"Oh hush," Bella laughed.

When six o'clock rolled around, Edward's Volvo pulled up and Renesmee ran towards the door. "DADDY!" She shouted. Edward opened the door lifting her up off the floor.

"Hey there," he greeted kissing her cheek.

"Hey Edward," Emmett called.

Edward came in and put his daughter back on the floor. "Hey looks nice in here," he told Bella before kissing her.

"Hm thank you," she answered.

"Dada!" Eddie gurgled holding his arms out.

Edward took his son into his arms and sat down next to his wife. "Ah good to be home," he commented.

"How did it go?" Bella asked.

"The usual," Edward replied before making a face at Eddie, making the one-year-old gurgle with laughter.

Bella smiled, holding his free hand.


Later that night, Bella walked into the bedroom with a sigh. "I finally got Renesmee to sleep," she commented. Edward came out of the bathroom.

"She's one stubborn little girl," he commented.

"I think she gets that from both of us," she answered.

Edward smiled and placed his hands on her waist. "The house looks great," he told her, kissing her. Bella kissed him back with a smile, her hands on the sides of his neck.

"Why thank you," she answered after pulling away.

She went into the bathroom to brush her teeth while Edward got into the bed, leaning back against the headboard of the bed. "How does it feel to have a home?" he asked. Bella came out after awhile, climbing into bed.

"It feels great to be sharing a home with you," she replied.

She kissed him gently with a smile. Edward kissed her back, moving his fingers over her cheek. Bella pulled back and lied back against the pillows as he lied next to her, entwining his fingers with hers, their wedding rings touching. They enjoyed their moments of silence together. "Are you happy?" He asked. She looked at him with a gentle smile on her face.

"I'm very happy," she replied.

Edward kissed her softly, pressing his forehead to hers. Bella smiled softly, her eyes closed. They snuggled more under their blankets before wrapping their arms around each other. Edward reached behind her and turned the lamp off by their bed, their room falling into darkness. He kissed her forehead gently. "I love you," he whispered.

"I love you too," she answered.

They wrapped their arms tighter around each other before falling asleep, spending the rest of their lives together like it should have been such a long time ago.

(Sneak Peek to next Story)

"Dr. Cullen…I mean Edward…how can you pick up your life after you feel like it's been destroyed to Hell?" She asked.

Edward sighed, tapping the table. "You look for help from someone who you know you can trust," he replied. She nodded her head slowly, closing her eyes.

"I probably shouldn't stay," she said quietly.

She cleared her throat and stood up from the table. "Don't leave," he said before he could stop himself.

"Edward…this is way past doctor patient area," she answered.

Bella pushed her fingers through her hair. "I will see you for my next appointment," she told him. She grabbed her purse off the chair and left the diner. She walked towards her truck and sat down, letting out a deep breath. She grabbed her keys, started her truck up, and drove off.

Title: A Second Chance in Life

Rating: M

Pairings: canon

Genre: Romance, angst

This Story is Due: August 27th, 2009