Alright, I know the point of a one shot, is there is only one part, but someone asked me for an Epilogue, and I thought maybe it would be a good idea.. It really doesn't deal much with Edward being in the Army or anything, just how their lives progressed and moved on from that.
OK, I hope you like this, and now that this is done, I can work more on the sequel of Becomes Attainable (=
Epilogue .. Edward
"Masen Anthony, if you don't get over here and put your clothes on, you'll stay home while we go play with your cousins!" Bella was yelling across the yard of the new house we just bought a couple months ago. We decided to move to a small town, just a couple hours from Seattle with my parents. They wanted something more small and quaint, and Bella and I wanted a nice place to raise our family. Rosalie and Emmett soon followed, then Alice and Jasper. This town was much quieter than what I was used to, but it was great for our kids. And Bella was growing used to it too.
Flashback: Nine months ago.
"Bella, I want your opinion on something." I looked away from my book and over to her. She was laying on her side, with her hand on her pregnant stomach.
She looked up and smiled at me. "OK, what is it?"
I set my book down on the night stand and rolled onto my side, resting one hand on top of hers on her stomach and I put the other under her head to prop her up some. Once I made sure she was comfortable, I leaned down and kissed her forehead. "I think we should discuss moving. This two bedroom house isn't going to hold all of us, and our lease is almost up. I think we should talk about maybe buying a house. Something of our own."
She smiled up at me and sighed. "I was thinking the same thing this morning. Well I've been thinking about it for a while, but I just thought Masen could keep his room, then this little one,"She ran our hands over the top of her round stomach, "could stay in here with us til we figure something out. Masen didn't leave our room til he was almost two months old."
I nodded and kissed her lips. "Well, if we start thinking about it now, we won't be rushed. I think we should really consider a home in Forks."
She creased her eyebrows, "Is that were your parents are moving?"
"Yep. Mom wants me to go down there with her and dad to check it out. It's a small town, but maybe it'll be perfect for us. Small, quiet, we won't have to worry about Masen running out into the street again."
She cringed at the thought of Masen running into the street. When he was just starting to walk and run on his own, we were in the front yard, because the back yard was too small for his swingset, and as he was swinging, he kicked his ball, sending it flying out into the road. The street was quite busy, being almost five at night, and he didn't hesitate, just ran straight for the ball. Bella screamed and took off running, but I knew she wouldn't get there in time, so I ran after him too. I caught up with him just as he got to the curb and I swung him up, turning us around to face Bella. She ran up, grabbed him from my hands and took him inside while I got the ball.
From then on, we didn't play in the front yard very often. Bella was too afraid he'd get hurt, so we put him in the backyard. He got upset cause he couldn't swing anymore, so we made him a tire swing. It satiated him for a little while before he got upset he couldn't slide. We couldn't install a fence, because the landlord said he didn't want one. So we either had to keep a very good eye on Masen or keep him occupied inside. Something neither me or Bella liked. He needed to be outside, in the fresh air.
"That's a good idea. I like that. Maybe I should go too." She smiled at me and I nodded.
"You're really OK with this? I know you love Seattle Bella. And Forks is way different than Seattle. Much smaller and less to do."
"I know. But it's better for Masen. He'll get to play outside, like a normal kid, and when this little one comes, they can play outside together."
Her thought made me have some of my own. Our little Masen pushing his little sister on a swing, or sliding down a slide with her. Showing her how to kick and hit a ball. That vision suddenly turned another one. One of Masen and our daughter do all the same with another little one. It was great and I loved it. I loved seeing how my future was going to turn out. How it was in the process of turning out.
"OK, well yes, I'd love for you to go down there with me. We can look at houses and I'll look for a job. I don't think they have a recruiting office there, so I'll just get a head start on plan B." I chuckled a little and she smiled.
"Alright. So Forks? Are you sure about this?" She moved her face closer to me and I intertwined my fingers with her.
I chuckled as I saw my three year old son running across the yard in nothing but his batman underwear and cape. He was now entering the 'super hero' phase and while I was enjoying it, my wife was getting a little peeved. A small whimper brought my mind back to what I was supposed to be doing. I looked down and met the big green eyes of our beautiful baby girl. "Shh, it's OK Carlie, don't cry." I leaned down and placed a gentle kiss on her little nose. She started giggling and I smiled. Her giggle was soon to resemble Bellas perfectly.
Though she had my eyes, and the bronze curls on top of her small head, she reminded me so much of Bella. She had the little things that Bella did. Like the smile, and the nose, and the laugh. Her wide eyes, filled with curiosity. Her sweet nature and bouncing personality. She had my traits too, but all I saw was Bella. I also saw her in our son. Bella would argue with me and say Masen was all me. I think it's because he's a little rambunctious. Other than that, he looked exactly like her. His big chocolate eyes and dark brown hair was all her.
I heard the back porch door swing open and Bellas voice sound through the kitchen. "Up stairs now mister!" She smiled and swatted his bottom as he ran through the kitchen, dirt from head to toe, straight for the stairs. She sighed and looked up at me laughing. "He's going to need a bath before we go. I don't think you're mother wants a dirt ball in place of her grandson."
I nodded and smiled, "Wanna finish feeding her, and I'll go give him a bath?" I walked over to her and she nodded, so I handed over Carlie. Carlie giggled and waved her arms around, so Bella loosened the pink blanket wrapped around her.
"Tomorrow she'll be six months old." Bellas eyes lifted to meet mine and she smiled. I nodded and leaned over to kiss her lips, then down to give Carlie a kiss on the forehead.
"I'll be down soon. Wish me luck." I chuckled and turned to head up the stairs.
When I got to the bathroom, Masen was already in the tub with his toy bucket dumped all around him. "Daddy!" He dropped his truck and stood up with his arms out.
"You know you need water to take a bath, right little man?" I leaned down to grab his arms and lifted him from the tub. I started to take his cape off and he turned away from me. "I gotta take it off or it's gonna get wet Mas." He shook his head stubbornly and stepped away from me. Usually Bella was the one to handle the cape before bath and bed and all that. But I wasn't about to go bother her. I stopped to think for a minute, and finally put my hands up in mock defense. "Alright. Fine, you can bath in your cape. But when Batman comes over because you ruined his cape, I'm blaming you. I won't lie to Batman."
His eyes got wide and he quickly went to working the velcro strap around his neck. "OK! Just don't tell Batman!" He threw it to the ground and I smiled, turning around to get the water started. I lifted him back into the tub and let him splash around for a couple minutes before suggesting we get to work cleaning him off. He was caked in dirt, so I made a mental note to finish sodding the backyard as soon as possible.
Bella finally came and knocked on the door before peaking in. I turned around to watch her mouth that Alice was here. I nodded and turned back to Masen. "Alright Mas, I think it's time to get out." I finished rinsing the soap from his hair and picked him up, setting him on the floor. I knew, like always, if I wasn't quick enough he was going to take off without drying off, so I shut the door and locked it, then went over to the towel closet and grabbed his yellow hooded towel. I turned back around to see him fighting with the door, with a determined face. He was twisting the knob furiously, but to no avail.
"Daddy, da door not openin'" His face was contorting in concentration as I walked up behind him and wrapped the towel around him.
"That's because you're not dry. It's not gonna open til you dry off." I started rubbing his arms through the towel, getting him as dry as I could. He was quickly working with me, wanting out of the bathroom. I was getting the hang of this bathtime thing with a toddler. Bella usually did all this at bedtime, while I fed Carlie, but tonight we were going out with Alice and Jasper and Masen and Carlie were going to my parents house for an hour or so.
I finally got Masen dried off and picked him up to carry him to his room. I got him dressed and put his cape back on, under his request of course, and headed down stairs to Bella.
"Masen!" Kate came running over and crashed into Masen.
Alice smiled and stood up to grab her daughter and we all headed out to the cars. "OK. Me and Bella can drop the kids off at moms house while you and Jasper head to the restaurant. Rosalie said she'll meet us all there, she already dropped off Lillian and Christopher."
I nodded and walked over to Bellas car, opening the door and tucking Masen into his seat. I got him buckled in, then said my goodbyes to him before shutting the door and walking around the car to where Bella was. She was standing at the door with Carlie, so I opened it and helped her buckle her into her carseat. When I shut the door I turned to Bella and smiled before pulling her to me and hugging her tight. I bent down and kissed her lips, running my fingers through her hair.
"Eww! Mommy and daddy are kissing again auntie Ali!" Bella started giggling and smiled against my lips. I pulled away and sighed.
I looked in her eyes and she was still laughing. "I guess I'd better let you go. I'll see you in a few love."
She nodded and I reached over to open the drivers door for her. She got in and waved goodbye before backing out of the driveway. I blew kisses to Masen and he waved til they were out of site.
I walked over and climbed in the passenger side of Jaspers car. We drove to the restaurant and got to the tables in the back to get them ready before the girls got there. Emmett was expected to show up soon and we had to put the decorations up. Today was Emmetts twenty-eighth birthday and Rosalie had set up a surprise party for him.
A couple minutes later, Bella and Alice arrived. And only a minute or two after that, Rosalie came in. She was smiling and set the bag of presents on the table to the left. "He's circling the parking lot looking for a spot. He's frustrated as hell, so this should be interesting." She kept the smile on her face as me and Jasper pushed the remaining two tables together to accommodate us all. Mom and dad were bringing the kids by later, but for right now, Rosalie wanted to give him a nice, small quiet dinner with just family.
Bella walked over to me and draped her arms up over my shoulders. "I love you Edward."
I looked down into her eyes and smiled, "I love you too sweetheart."
"Are we going to tell them the good news tonight?" She stretched up to kiss me. "Or should we wait."
"I think we should wait til the end of the night. Wait til Carlisle and Esme get here." I tightened my arms around her waist and she nodded.
Rosalie told us Emmett had just walked in, and the host was showing him back him, so we all sat down and waited for him to enter the room. When he did, Rosalie jumped up and ran to him. As soon as she hit his huge chest, he grabbed her up and she screeched surprise!. He smiled and set her down then walked with her over to the table.
We ate a quick dinner, then moved on to the presents. It was small and simple. and meant a lot to Emmett. An hour and a half later, my parents showed up with the kids. When Masen ran into the room, I jumped from my chair and knelt down so he'd run straight into my arms. I lifted him up and sat him down on my knee. Bella reached up to take Carlie from Carlisle and sat back down next to me. Seeing her interact with our children made me feel really good inside. She was a nature mother and our kids couldn't have asked for better. I couldn't have asked for better.
I tried not to think much about my time spent overseas. I didn't enjoy thinking about it, and though I considered myself lucky, if that's what you wanted to call it, I still felt horrible every single day. When I was flown home that night and Bella met me at the hospital, I saw what I had done to her. She looked smaller and paler; almost sick. She looked unhealthy and like she'd spent the whole eight months crying her eyes out. I didn't get a good look at her before I headed into surgery, but I did see her eyes. Her red, puffy, swollen eyes. It's an image I'll never forget. Then when I woke up, she was sitting right next to me.
Flashback: The night Edward came home.
I woke up, still feeling the pain in my back. It wasn't as bad as before, but it was aggravating and a dull stabbing sort of pain. I wasn't entirely aware of where I was at right now. But when I looked to my right, I saw Bella sitting next to me, with her head laid on the bed. She was napping. I put my hand on her head and smoothed her hair down and away from her beautiful face. She was facing me and had her two hands tucked under her head, probably in an attempt to get more comfortable. I kept my eyes on her and kept running my fingers through her hair. She started to stir, so I stopped. I wasn't sure how much she had slept since I got home, or since she was told of my accident. I wasn't even sure when she was told.
I had specifically expressed that if anything were to happen to me, they were not to tell Bella until they knew exactly what was going on. If I was going to die, then I was going to die. But if I wasn't in danger of death, she was not to be told. Not until they knew further of my condition. I didn't want her in panic for nothing. As far as I can remember, I had been in terrible pain for last six weeks of so. Three weeks after my accident I was finally starting to come back. I couldn't recall where I was, or why I was here. I don't even think I knew my own name. But I did know Bella. They told me I was shot in the back and that when I hit the ground I hit my head. Temporary amnesia set in and I didn't know anything.
I knew about Bella though. I knew I had a wonderful woman waiting at home for me, and when they brought my stuff in to me, I had dozens upon dozens of letters from her. A bunch of pictures, of both her and some of my family. They asked me if I wanted to write to her, but I declined. I didn't want to write and say something I maybe shouldn't until I knew exactly what was going on. I didn't want to worry her. She was probably already sick with worry. I wouldn't be able to handle that.
And now, two very long months after my accident I was looking directly at my girl again. I had missed her so much. Suddenly the selfish part of my head was begging me to wake her up. I needed to see her eyes, to see her smile again. To see if she forgave me. Just as I was about to run my fingers back through her hair, she stired again and her eyes fluttered open. Her eyes landed right on mine and her head popped up. She started crying again and rubbed her eyes. She looked at me once, before shaking her head and rubbing her eyes again. I reached out for her, "Bella, love?"
She let the tears fall and put her head back down. She turned away from me and mumbled something that sounded like "Wake up Bella."
"Bella. Sweetheart look at me. Please." I reached out to touch her and she jumped.
"You're really awake?" She scooted closer to me and I nodded.
"What are you talking about Bella?"
"I've been having the same dream every night since you left. You'd be here, then I'd wake up and you'd disappear." She reached over and touched my face.
I smiled and touched her hand. "I'm here love. How can I convince you you're not dreaming?"
She gave me a weak smile and leaned forward. "I don't know. You've been just my imagination for so long now."
I chuckled and pulled her forward more. She caught on and leaned down, pressing her lips to mine. She sucked in a breath through her nose the minute our lips touched and I smiled. "How's that? Are you convinced yet?"
She smiled big and shrugged. "I don't know yet."
"Hm, well your imagination isn't this good." I pulled her down again and ran my tongue across her bottom lip. She allowed me to deepen the kiss and she wrapped her arms around my neck as best she could.
When she pulled away, I pulled her down to sit next to me on the bed. She was hesitant, but I assured her I felt OK. In reality, even if I hadn't been OK, I'd still make her sit next to me. I needed to feel her close. I hadn't felt her presence in so long. Only in my dreams.
"Don't ever leave me again Edward." She rested her head on my shoulder and I felt her breath hitch. "I thought you were dead. Don't ever do that to me again."
I turned to face her and placed my hand on her cheek. "Never again my Bella. Never." I kissed her once more, "I'm here, and I'm not going anywhere. I'm sorry you thought that, but I'm not. I promise nothing is ever going to happen to me." Then a nurse walked in and wanted to check my vitals, so I had to let go of Bella for a moment. But I kept my eyes on her. I finally had her back, and I wasn't letting go for anything.
"Edward? Honey, you OK?" I felt Bellas hand on my shoulder and I turned to meet her eyes. I nodded and she looked back down at Carlie. I looked to my left and saw Lillian sitting on Emmetts lap and Christopher was sitting next to Rosalie. Chris had just turned six, so he was the oldest, while Lillian was only two. Rosalie and Emmett had gotten married just about six or seven months after Alice and Jasper. Unfortunately, I hadn't gotten to walk Bella down the aisle at that wedding. I was recovering from a last minute surgery. Carlisle had thought I wouldn't need another one, but a couple months after Alice and Jaspers wedding, my leg started giving me trouble, and I had to go back in to the hospital. Something was wrong in my lower back, causing the pain in my leg. I hadn't had any further problems since then.
When I looked over at my sister, she had a very excited three year old Kate on her lap and Jasper had a hand on Alices stomach. She was barley showing, but with her small frame, you could very easily tell she was pregnant.
I turned back to Bella and Masen wiggled in my lap. I looked down at him, "Daddy? Can I go play with Chris?" He gave me his best puppy dog eyes and I set him down. He gave a quick smile to his mother and sister and then ran over across the table, crawling into the chair next to Emmett and Chris. I looked back at Bella and smiled. I got up and moved my chair closer to her and put my arm around her, then put my other hand on Carlie. She was smiling and her hands were flailing around. She did that when she was happy. She got that from Bella.
Flashback: Four years ago.
I pulled up into the driveway and turned the car off. I laid my head back on the headrest before opening the door. I needed a minute to relax. Today had been tough. My back was killing me and I had to stand all day. I was working a part time job at the local music school, teaching kids how to play piano, but today I worked in the front, and hadn't got much sitting time. Not like the piano benches were very comfortable to someone with back problems.
I looked up at our window and saw the light flicker on. I smiled, knowing Bella was up there waiting for me. I finally got out and ran up to the door, unlocking it and opening it up. I took my coat off and hung it in the closet. I locked the door behind me and walked over to the stairs. I put my hand on the railing and looked up. I didn't see Bella, but I heard music coming from our room. I chuckled and headed up the stairs. Our bedroom door was open, so I walked over and peeked in. I tried not to laugh at what I saw, but I wasn't doing a good job.
There stood Bella, dancing around in front of the mirror, her hands flailing over her head to the beat. There was something in her hand, but she was moving so fast, I couldn't see it. She was in nothing but a black tank top and matching boy shorts. I let out a loud laugh as he hair flew around her face and she stood on her tip toes, continuing to dance in one spot. I quickly covered my mouth, and she didn't hear it. I decided to just blow my cover and walked over behind her and put my hands on her hips. She jumped and gasped loud as she spun around. She lowered her hands behind her back and stared up at me. When she realized it was just me, she smiled and slapped my chest with her right hand. "Edward Cullen! Don't you ever do that to me again!"
I chuckled and nodded. "I'm sorry, but you looked so good I just had to join you." I laughed and she threw her head back in a giggle. She still had her hand behind her back, so I tried peeking around her to see what she had.
"Watcha doin'?" She pulled my head back forward and I smiled.
"What do you have behind your back love?" I tried to reach around her, but she moved.
"What are you doing home so early?" She narrowed her eyebrows at me and stared at me. "I wasn't expecting you for another hour or so."
"They let me come home early, my back was hurting. Why, you got some man in the closet I should know about?" I playfully looked over at the closet, then back at her. She giggled and shook her head.
She put her one arm around my neck and pulled me close. "The only man that's ever been in my closet is you." She laughed and pulled back, but then quickly frowned. "Man, this sucks. I was going to plan a special night for you. I was going to cook dinner and set the table all nice, maybe put out some candles. You ruined it Edward!" She swatted my chest again and I raised my hands in defense.
"Honey I didn't know. You should have called me and told me. I would have stayed at work."
"That would have taken all the surprise out of it." She tilted her head and frowned again.
I walked over and wrapped my hands around the back of her neck, pressing my forehead to hers. "I'm so sorry. What's the special occasion? Our anniversary isn't for another two weeks." I kissed her nose and she pulled back.
"Can't a wife do something nice for her husband?" She smiled and put her hand on my cheek.
"Well, yeah. But you always do nice things. What's so special about tonight?" Then I noticed the hand was still behind her back. Whatever she was holding, she did not want me to see it. "Bella, love, what are you hiding?" I tried to reach around her again and she moved again.
"Edward, please stop. OK just go downstairs and, um, watch TV. Yeah! Watch TV for a while. I'll cook dinner and get everything set up." She smiled, but I shook my head.
"Come on Bella. You can tell me. You know you can tell me anything." I put my hands on her shoulders and she sighed.
"But I had everything planned." She looked down and I could barley hear her.
"I know Bella, but come on, you know I hate waiting for news. Is it good news?" She nodded. "OK, well then tell me."
She smiled again and looked over to the door behind me. I knew what she was thinking, and I wasn't going to let her bolt. She obviously thought she'd get around me, so she took off and I jumped out to grab her. I picked her up and carried her to the bed, gently throwing her down. She giggled as she bounced up and down and I crawled up on top of her. I grabbed her wrist, but she had switched it from the left hand to the right. I took the moment to bring her knuckles to my lips and kiss her hand. I kissed the tops of her knuckles, then down to her wedding set. She smiled and I dropped that hand to reach for the other. She had it squished behind her back, so I lifted her up, but before I could get anywhere, she somehow flipped us over so she was on top.
"Ha, ha Edward." She lifted her leg to crawl off of me, but I grabbed her and brought her back to me. I happen to grab the right hand and what I saw made me stop moving immediately. She must have noticed because she stopped struggling. I sat up, but kept her on my lap. She wrapped her legs around me and I wrapped my free arm around her lower back.
"Bella, is that. . ?" I swallowed hard and stared at her hand. My eyes finally found there way back to hers and she was biting her bottom lip. She slowly nodded and broke eye contact with me. "Really?" I took it from her hand and looked at it. Right there, in front of my face, was a pregnancy stick. And in the very middle was a pink plus sign. It nearly fell from my hand as I realized exactly what that meant. "I'm gonna be a dad?" I barley whispered it, but she heard and nodded. "And you're going to be a mom." I brought her face back up so I could see her beautiful eyes.
"Edward, I know it's early. And I know when we talked about this, we decided that we'd wait another year, but when you think about it. Nine months is close to a year? Right?" Her breathing was ragged and her eyes were roaming all over the place.
I dropped the stick and placed both hands on her cheeks. "Bella look at me." When she did I smiled and crashed my lips to her in a intense, passionate kiss. When I pulled away, she closed her eyes and smiled. I smoothed my thumbs over her eyelids and she opened them. "Bella. I'm excited. I'm estatic! We're going to be parents Bella. I don't care that it turned out like this; a year early. I don't care that we're not ready. We'll be ready when this baby comes, I promise. I'm not mad if that's what you thought. I'm not even the least bit upset. It's what we wanted, and when we agreed to wait three years before having kids, it was only to ensure we'd be completely ready. But when you think about it, who's ever really one hundred percent ready to jump into the responsibility of caring for a child? When is the time really right to bring a kid into a house? There's never a right time Bella. But this is as close to perfect as I could have ever asked for."
She let out a small relieved laugh and nodded. "I was afraid you'd be upset. I didn't know how to tell you, so I thought it'd make dinner and set up the dining room real nice. Make you happy."
I reached for her again and kissed her. "You make me happy Bella. Everything about you makes me happy. You don't have to go to any extra lengths to please me. Just you being here makes me content. I need you, not nice dinners and everything else. Though they are nice, and I love enjoying them with you, it makes me just as happy to be sitting in the living room, with a box of pizza and watching some sappy chick flick you picked out." I started laughing and so did she.
She wrapped her arms around my neck and smiled, "OK, well would you rather do just that? Or do you still want me to make dinner?"
I shook my head. "I'll order the pizza. You pick out the movie." I smiled at her and she giggled, nodding her head. "We'll make dinner together tomorrow night."
She jumped off the bed and kissed me before running out the door. I sat up and threw my feet off the edge of the bed. I looked back over my shoulder and down to the stick laying on the bed. I reached over and picked it up, looking at it once more before setting it on the nightstand. I couldn't believe we were going to be parents. We had discussed it plenty of times, but thinking about it, and actually doing it are two way different things. Of course I could picture little kids running around the house, sitting next to Bella at dinner, and playing around in the backyard. But now that it was actually happening, I'll admit, I was scared. Scared as all hell. But then I thought of Bella, and how happy she looked, and I knew everything would be OK. She was going to make an amazing mother, and with her by my side, I was sure to be a pretty good father.
"Edward? I think we should tell them." Bella leaned over and whispered in my ear, then laid her chin on my shoulder. I met her eyes and nodded.
"OK." I kissed her forehead, then turned back to the table, my arm still around Bella and Carlie. "Um, Bella and I have something to say." Everyone turned their attention to me and Bella smiled up at me. "First, happy birthday Emmett. I'm really glad Bella and I were able to make it tonight. We hope you've had a great night so far." I smiled over at Emmett and he nodded. "Second, I have some news." I looked back down at Bella and she nodded, smiling wider. I took a deep breath and turned back to my family. "I passed my test. I passed the physical test and written test and polygraph test, so starting next week, I'm beginning my police training."
Both my mother and father smiled so big, and looked at me with such pride. Emmett clapped loudly and Rosalie joined him. Alice jumped up and ran over to me, hugging me tight, while Jasper voiced his congratulations across the table. "We're proud of you Edward. You're going to do so great." Alice smiled at me before going to sit down.
I was excited about becoming a police officer. I had to wait and wait to just be able to take the test after I came back. The accident really messed up my back, and I was unable to ever take the written test without go ahead from the Army. It had been a long wait, but now it was finally happening.
"Thank you." I looked down at Bella and she started giggling.
"I love you Edward." She pressed her hand to my cheek and pulled my down to kiss me. I kissed her back eagerly and wrapped my arm around her tighter.
Soon it was time to go, so I walked over and grabbed Masen. It was almost passed his bed time, so we needed to get him home and to bed. Carlie was already sleeping, so now we just had to keep her asleep. We said our goodbyes and hugged all the kids goodbye before walking over to our cars and getting in. I lifted Masen into the car and helped him buckle up while Bella gently laid Carlie in her seat. I had to remind Masen to be quiet on the ride home so he wouldn't wake his sister. He looked a little drowsy himself, so I figured he wouldn't give us much grief. Bella walked around the car and I opened the door for her, taking her hand and helping her in.
I started to step back and shut the door, but she kept hold of my hand and pulled me back to her. "You still, to this day, amaze me Edward." She smiled and kissed me before letting go of me. I smiled back and shut her door, hurrying around to the other side and getting in.
I started the car and reached over for her hand, bringing it to my lips to kiss. "You amaze me as well Bella. Always have, always will." I backed out and headed home, holding tight to her hand the whole way.
Sometimes it amazed me that Bella and I were still so close. Even after what happened to me, and getting married, and having now two kids, we were still growing closer and closer as the days passed. Sometimes I worried that when you got to a certain point in your marriage, it just wasn't the same, but I was confident we weren't going to reach that point. She meant everything to me; had since the day I met her. She was on my mind constantly, and I worked hard to give her my heart and everything I could. There was no way any of that was going to change; no matter what happened to us, or between us.
We got home and I shut the car off, but before I got out, I looked back at the kids. I reached over and stopped Bella from getting out of the car. She looked at me confused for a second before I jerked my head to the backseat. She quietly turned around to see Masen leaned over against Carlies seat. His hand was under her curled up leg and she was leaned towards him. It was the cutest thing in the world, so I pulled out my phone and snapped a quick picture. I'd have to find a way to get it to the computer so I could print it out and Bella could put it in their album. I pulled Bella over and gave her a quick kiss before getting out and opening the back door to grab Carlie. Bella lifted Masen out and rested him against her shoulder and carried him to the porch.
We took the kids to bed and as Bella shut Masens door and turned around I stepped right in front of her. She ran into me and looked up laughing quietly. I grabbed her face in my hands and kissed her feverishly before moving her backwards down the hallway to our room. I stopped her right outside the door and pulled away, allowing her to breath. I kept her face in my hands and smiled down at her. "Bella. Tonight was perfect. In fact, every night for the past six years has been perfect. You're more I ever dreamed of. You're an amazing mother, and a wonderful wife, and I couldn't ask for more. You love me, and you show it so well. I don't know where I'd be without you. And I sure as hell wouldn't have made it home if I didn't have you here waiting for me." I leaned down and kissed her before continuing. "I can't begin to thank you for being so supportive with me and my decision to join the Army, and when I left, you stayed right here, waiting for me. Through all the pain and surgeries and work I had to go through to be normal again. You were there for it all, and I love you more than you'll ever know. If you hadn't been by my side the whole time, I might not have made it through. I love looking at our kids, and seeing you in everything they do. We're truly lucky to have such amazing children."
She wrapped her arms around my waist and pulled herself closer to me. She stood up on her tip toes and kissed my nose. "I love you too Edward, and there's no where else on earth I'd rather be. I love our lives together. I love our kids, and I love being with you. I would have never left you alone to deal with any of that by yourself. I enjoy being here with you, and our family. I know we'll have a lot of other things to get through, but I feel that we've aced the biggest hurdle yet. I'm just glad you're never leaving me again. Never leaving us again." A tear started to fall down her cheek, so I reached over and wiped it away.
Then, with a smile on my face, I quickly move my hands down and scooped her up in my arms. She let out a little squeal, followed by a cute giggle. I reached down to open our door and carried her in, shutting the door behind us.
So? Was it OK? Like I said, I know it doesn't have much of anything to do with him and the Army, but that was kinda the point lol.
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