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Epilogue Part 2
After we landed, we went straight to the cemetery where Renee and Phil rested. Since we took the 6:30 a.m. flight from Chicago, it was only a little after 10 a.m. when we landed in Orlando. Kitty, Matthew, and Jude were all bouncing and happy since they always woke up early in the morning, but the rest of us were in desperate need of caffeine.
I was already quite emotional. This was Bella's first time for her to take the kids to the cemetery where Renee and Phil were buried. Renee passed away before Bella was even pregnant with Kitty. At least Charlie knew she was pregnant and was thrilled to become a grandfather. Renee never had the pleasure to get excited over becoming a grandma. Edward noticed a change in Bella's mood, and gave her a soft kiss on her forehead and wrapped his arms around her while we sat in the limo.
"You're not alone. My family are going to be there, I'm going to be there, and our kids are going to be there with you," Edward kept repeating those words to Bella in hopes to comfort her. The walk to Renee's grave from the limo seemed really painful to Bella. Her legs went weak and she could barely walk on her own. Edward struggled to hold her weight since he had Jude in his arms. Suddenly Jasper went beside Bella and lifted her into his arms, and walked to Renee's grave carrying her.
"Thank you," she said and kissed Jasper's cheek.
"Don't mention it, sister. This is what family is all about. We are all here to support each other. " and Jasper started to sing "Lean on me."
Sometimes in our lives we all have pain
We all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there's always tomorrow
Lean on me, when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on
"Jasper, you're making me cry more," Bella said and feigned a punch to his chest.
"Eh," Jasper said and smiled.
We as a family all sat in front of Renee and Phil's grave while Bella introduced Edward and the children to Renee.
"Mom, I know you've seen Edward when he was a little boy, but as you know, he's my husband now. I know you were there to witness our wedding in Hawaii. Well, here are Kitty, Matthew, and Jude. They are all wonderful. We are both very proud of our children. Carlisle, Esme, Alice, Jasper, and Edward's older brother Emmett and his wife, Rosalie is here too. They've all welcomed me into the Cullen family, and I'm really happy, Mom."
"Hello, Renee. We've both done really well raising our kids. Bella is a wonderful daughter-in-law, and a splendid mother. She's made my son a very happy man. I've never seen him as happy as he's been since he met Bella. Thank you for bringing Bella into this life. I miss you. I promise that we will all protect and ensure Bella and the children's happiness," Mom said and kissed her hand, and placed it on Renee's grave.
While Jasper and I sat in front of Renee's grave I felt this wonderful warmth wrap around me. It reminded me of times I visited Renee with Bella and how she used to hug us both. I asked Jasper if he felt anything when he was there since he was very sensitive to the point that I sometimes wondered if he was a Clairsentient. He said that he felt very serene and that smell of roses hung in the air. What Jasper said was interesting. We took a lot of sunflowers because that was Renee's favorite flowers, but we didn't take a single rose. I tried to recall if there were any roses around, but couldn't remember seeing any. I wondered if it was really true that when the spirits are around people often say they smelled roses.
After we said our goodbyes to Renee and Phil, Bella looked a little better, and was able to walk back to the car on her own. The kids and Emmett were hungry so we stopped by Long John Silver's on the way to the resort. We ate quickly so that we could check into the Kidani Village as soon as possible.
The kids were full, so they fell asleep in the limousine, on the way to the resort. This meant that we had little people to carry to the suites. Emmett offered to carry Kitty to Bella and Edward's suite. We could've woken Kitty up, but we all feared that she might stay grumpy for the rest of the day, if we interrupted her nap.
Kidani villa was more beautiful than I imagined. The view from the balcony of the suite was spectacular. I wanted to sit with Bella and check on her if she was all right. This morning had been quite an emotional time for her. I sent Jasper and Edward out to go check out the resort so that I could spend some time with her.
"Are you all right?"
"I'm okay. I feel so blessed, but I also feel a little guilty."
"Sitting in front of Mom's grave made me think of so many things that happened over the years. I have it all, Alice. I have a loving husband and three beautiful children. I have you, Jasper, Emmett, Rosalie, and awesome in-laws. Mom didn't have any of what I have. What did I do to deserve all this? Just few years ago I was in Chicago falling apart from losing Stephen. I had no sense of direction and I had no idea how I was going to raise Kitty alone. Then you and Jasper show up and pulled me out of the hole I was in."
"Amor Vincit Omnia, Bella. Love conquers all. You're a wonderful person. You are loving, caring, and kind. You have a beautiful heart and soul, and a lot of love to give. You have it all because of who you are. I never doubted Emmett would have a happy marriage, but I had serious doubts about Edward. He never seemed to choose the right woman. If he never met you, he would still be single or he'd be stuck with some gold-digger or someone incompatible to him. You gave Mom and Dad three wonderful grandchildren. You just don't realize that without you none of us would be as happy as we are today."
"Aww, thanks, Alice, but really, I did nothing. It was all you guys' doing. Okay, so maybe I popped some wee ones out, but other than that it was all you guys', especially you. You could've abandoned me. I had so much baggage, but you flew from LA, comforted me, packed my stuff, and helped restart my life in LA. You even almost died because of me. If you disassociated from me, you wouldn't have risked running into James again. Every one of you risked so much just to help me and Kitty out."
"It's because we love you, and we need you. I need you. You've been my best friend since my junior year in high school. You accepted me for who I am. You love me regardless of all my quirks. No one can replace you, Bella. You're just that wonderful," I said and hugged Bella. We just sat in a hug and watched the giraffe graze down below from our balcony in silence. It was a little hot and humid, but there was some breeze so it was bearable. I felt blessed I had such a wonderful best friend and sister-in-law.
Jude stirred awake in his stroller. I pulled him out of his stroller and sat him on my lap. He reached out for my fruit smoothie and sucked on the straw. "Hey, slow down, young padawan," I said and tickled Jude. He was so adorable and looked so much like Edward. He smiled and scowled like Edward, but would chew on his lips like Bella when he was anxious about something. While I pointed to the animals to tell Jude what they were, Kitty came out to the balcony holding Matthew.
"Mom, Matthew is hungry," she melodiously said and put Matthew down.
"Any suggestions? "
"Oh, I know just the place for princes and a beautiful princess," I said and got out of the chair."First we need to change into something special. Follow me to my room," I said and led them to my suite.
I opened one of the suitcases I had and pulled out a Cinderella dress for Kitty, a Peter Pan outfit for Matthew and a Duffy Bear outfit for Jude I made before we left LA. I wanted us to look better than anyone else even the cast at the restaurant and to shock the hell out of Bella. I was a designer. I couldn't let them wear some cheap crappy costume out of a box.
Bella shrieked when I handed her the costume I made for her. "You have to be kidding me. I refuse to wear costume, Alice. Everyone is going to laugh at us."
"So! What if they laugh at us? It's not like we'll see them ever again. Come on, spoil sport. Live a little. Let's be kids for a day. It's what the magic of Disney is all about!"
"I'm Minnie Mouse? What's this bear outfit for Jude?"
"Tsk. Tsk. Tsk. Shame on you, Bella. You don't know? He's the stuffed animal bear that Mickey gives to Minnie before he goes out to sea so that she wouldn't miss him too much. Minnie Mouse makes Mickey the Shellie May bear. Tokyo Disney Sea created these characters. You guys' are going to be a huge hit!"
"Alice! Then the Disney fans are really going to stare at Jude and me," Bella frowned.
"Oh, come on, Bella. Everyone is going to love us! Where's the spirit?" Bella hung her head and sighed. She knew she wasn't going to get out of this one.
"What are you going as?"
"You get to be yourself and I'm a rat?"
"Quit complaining. You and Jude are perfect together. You need to have a baby girl next though, so you can have a Shellie May with you."
"I'm so done having babies. You haven't even had one. It's your turn."
"All right, let's go. We're going to the Garden View Lounge in the Grand Floridian for the Princess Tea Party!"
"Really? Oh I love you, Auntie Alice," Kitty said and gave me a kiss.
"You'll love me more when you receive a Princess Aurora doll, tiara, silver bracelet, rose and a "Best Friend" certificate. Even our little princes will get a crown and a Disney Bear."
I felt really silly and couldn't stop blushing every time people stared at us. I wished Alice just made me wear those hats with the mouse ears instead of this full Minnie Mouse Gear. I had black tights, headband with a red ribbon with white polka dots and mouse ears on it, red mini poofy dress with white polka dots, lace underskirt, white gloves, and yellow flats. Poor Jude looked like he was too warm from the plush teddy bear clothing he wore. Kitty looked so happy so I tried to plaster a smile so that I wouldn't ruin her time there.
I shouldn't be so shocked. Alice never did things half way. When we got to the restaurant, as expected we were the only adults dressed in costume. Of course the people who worked there didn't laugh at us, but as soon as we entered the restaurant the guests started taking pictures of us from their tables, and some even came to our table to take pictures of Jude and I. Little kids came by and laughed that Tink was taller than Peter Pan. Matthew didn't care. He was happy he was Peter Pan. The mothers loved Jude though. I had to keep explaining that he was Duffy Bear. Not many people knew about Duffy Bear. Only someone like Alice or die-hard Disney fans would know something that went on at Disney theme parks outside of the U.S.
Alice took Matthew and Kitty to meet Princess Aurora while I stayed at the table with Jude. I decided to suck it up and try to have fun. The food was nice. We had Grapes, Egg Salad Sandwich, Chicken-Almond Salad Sandwich, Shrimp Salad Sandwich, Blue cheese tart, Smoked Cheddar Cheese, Sage Derby Cheese and Lavosh. They served Apple juice instead of tea, ham and cheese sandwich, peanut butter and jelly hearts, and grapes to the kids.
From the table I saw Princess Aurora teaching the little ones the royal curtsey and Alice bouncing up and down near them. At least she didn't dare join the little ones. She stood nearby and took pictures of Kitty and Matthew. Once they were all back at the table Princess Aurora came to our table to have our picture taken together.
I thought my nightmare was over when we stepped out of the restaurant, but it was so far from the truth. Right outside the Garden View Lounge, the rest of the family waited for us to come out. I so wanted to kill Alice. I had no idea Alice called the family over. Emmett pointed at me and Jude, and his whole body trembled right before busting out a laugh. Edward and Rosalie joined, but Jasper didn't dare laugh. He knew better. Alice would kill him if she caught him laughing. Esme and Calisle smiled and looked like they saw the cutest thing ever. I poked Jasper and he choked out a laugh, but immediately stopped when he noticed Alice's death glare.
"Take us back to the hotel, Edward. Jude is really warm. He can't stay in this Duffy bear outfit much longer." Edward still trembled from holding his laugh in."Let it all out, Edward. I know we look funny. If I were you I'd laugh too."
"Aww, you guys look adorable, Love," Edward said and kissed my forehead.
"How come you got out of attending the tea party?" I asked Rose pointing at her.
"Oh, I saw Alice making the outfits before we left LA. She told me she was taking us to the tea party so I told her then that she'd better not get any funny ideas of making me attend or I'd ban her from my spa."
Thankfully Edward and Jasper picked up a rental car so I didn't have to suffer taking the shuttle back. Alice didn't mind staying in her outfit so Carlisle, Esme, Kitty, Matthew, Alice, Jasper, Emmett, and Rosalie went to downtown Disney on the shuttle while Edward drove Jude and me back to the hotel to get changed.
After I changed myself and Jude into a pair of shorts and Tshirt, we decided to take Jude for a swim at the Uwanja camp. Uwanja camp had an observation station for children under four to play in the geyser and a shallow pool.
"Bella, why don't you just sit out in the shade while I take him into the water? You look exhausted."
"Thanks Edward. That really sounds great. Don't stay out in the sun too long, okay?" I said and kissed Edward and Jude.
I was really happy to see Edward relaxed and having fun. He had been really busy until recently. I was worried that he might get sick himself when there was the H1N1 flu outbreak last year. I didn't want to lose him over the influenza that took more than 18,000 lives. Thankfully none of us were affected although our little ones were quite prone to cold bugs over the winter.
Edward returned with Jude to the table with the umbrella where I sat comfortably. He was soaked playing in the geyser with Jude. Their faces were red and shiny from the sun and were in need of cooling down so we quickly returned to our suite. Soon after we went returned to the hotel suite, Esme and Carlisle brought Kitty and Matthew back to us. It was almost time for dinner, so we asked Esme and Carlisle if they'd like to join us for dinner, but they declined telling us that they were exhausted and wanted to just relax and order room service tonight, so we said goodnight, and Edward and I took the kids to Fulton's Crab House at Downtown Disney for dinner.
Thankfully Kitty was over her dislike of eating seafood now that she was older. We still teased her occasionally reminding her that she wasn't able to eat the friends of the Little Mermaid. Fulton's Crab House was a beautiful restaurant set in an authentic riverboat replica docked right on the riverfront. Matthew and Kitty both loved large boats. They squealed in joy when they saw the riverboat restaurant. We enjoyed our meal and the kids were thrilled to finish our first night here. After dinner we stopped by Disney's Design-A-Tee store and created original T-shirts for Kitty, Matthew, and Jude. We picked Disney Princess design for Kitty and wrote Daddy's Princess for Kitty, and then picked Lightning McQueen from Cars for Matthew, and Peas-in-a-Pod from Toy story for Jude. Edward and I tried our hardest to wear the kids down so that they'd fall asleep the minute we tucked them in bed.
The sun shined through my window when I woke up. I got out of bed and went to the balcony to see the animals. Matthew was up too, and waited for me to help him out of bed. I slid open the window and got out onto the balcony with him. There was a giraffe grazing by the tree in front of us. Matthew wanted to get really close to the railing, but I told him that he had to sit in the chair, or I was going to send him back inside. He usually listened to me, but today he was too excited from seeing the animals, so he wouldn't listen to me, and stood on the chair, so that he could see the animals better. Standing in the chair seemed like a very bad idea, since his balance wasn't very good, so I made him wrap his arms around my neck, and his legs around my body, and I shifted him to the table, and made him sit there while I held onto his waist.
"Tum tum," Matthew rubbed his stomach and frowned. He rocked his body back and forth and kept repeating the words tum tum. That usually meant he was really hungry. I got him off the table, and took his hand, to go and wake Daddy and Mommy up.
When we got to their bedroom, Jude was already awake. He stood by the railing of the crib and shook it to get Daddy and Mommy's attention. I assumed he was hungry too. I put Matthew between Mommy and Daddy, and he went straight to Dad's ears.
"Tum tum, Daddy. Tum Tum. Tum Tum," He repeated into Daddy's ears. Daddy just mumbled something, grabbed Matthew, and held him closer to him. He still wouldn't wake up. I knew Mommy wouldn't wake up if Daddy didn't. Daddy usually woke up to even the tiniest sounds.
"Tum tum." Matthew sobbed.
"Okay. We'll go to grandma and grandpa's room," I said and got Jude out of his crib. Matthew followed me out of their bedroom. I changed into the summer dress Mom put on top of the chest, and put Matthew's shorts and T shirt, and Jude's onesies in my backpack. I grabbed the diaper bag that Mom kept Jude's diapers and Matthew's training pants so that Grandma could change them. I loved my brothers, but not their dirty diapers. I was stupid when Matthew was a baby, and tried to change his diaper, but ended up with him throwing his poop at me. Since then I didn't dare touch their diapers. I carried Jude and we left our hotel room to go to Grandpa and Grandma's next door. I learned yesterday that the door locked on its own so I didn't bother to look for Mommy's key card.
"Pa, Ma, TUM TUM! TUM TUM!" Matthew cried and banged on Grandpa and Grandma's door. He cried like he was on fire. Matthew's crying caused Jude to start crying as well.
Grandpa looked scared when he saw Matthew and Jude crying when he opened the door. "What's wrong? Esme!" Grandpa shouted for Grandma. As soon as Grandma heard her name she came running towards the door.
"Oh, my! What's wrong?" Grandma asked. She looked really scared.
"Matthew and Jude are hungry and have stinky pants," I said and handed Grandma the diaper bag.
"Where are your Mom and Dad?" Grandpa asked worriedly.
"They're still sleeping," I said to Grandpa and he sighed.
Grandma took Jude from me and Grandpa lifted Matthew into his arms and took us to the dining room. Grandma gave me some juice, and told me to wait till she got my brothers changed and dressed. A little later Grandpa returned with Matthew and Jude. They seemed happier now that they weren't wearing stinky pants anymore.
I heard Grandpa call Daddy, and he told Daddy that we were here with them. I wondered if they were going to be mad at me for leaving the room. I don't think I did anything wrong. Matthew and Jude was hungry, and Daddy and Mommy looked like they wanted to sleep more, so I came here, so that they didn't have to wake up to make us breakfast.
"Grandpa is Daddy mad?" I asked Grandpa.
"I'm sure he isn't, but if Mommy and Daddy gets mad at you, then you tell me, so that I can scold them," Grandpa said and winked. Yeah. I loved Grandpa and Grandma very much.
Once we were ready Grandpa told me that they were taking us to the Polynesian Resort where we could have breakfast with Lilo & Stitch. He said we were taking the shuttle bus from here, and that the hotel was near the Cinderella's Castle, so it was a little far from our hotel. I wanted to see Lilo & Stitch, so I didn't care if it was far. When I saw the hotel, it made me think of Daddy and Mommy's wedding in Hawaii. The food was really yummy. Some of the food was like the ones we had at the luau we went in Hawaii.
After breakfast Grandpa and Grandma took us back to our hotel. When we got to our room I was surprised to see Uncle Emmett and Auntie Rosie there with Mommy and Daddy. Daddy said if I wanted to go swimming, Uncle Emmett and Auntie Rosie would take me to Typhoon Lagoon. I got really excited and jumped on Uncle Emmett's back. Mommy packed my swimsuit and gave the bag to Auntie Rosie. I thought maybe Matthew and Jude could come too, but Mommy said we would have more fun if they weren't there, so Daddy and Mommy were going to Animal Kingdom with them while we went swimming.
Grandma and Grandpa said they were going to go golfing and Auntie Alice and Uncle Jasper came by to tell us that they were going go and see the different hotels here in the resort. Mommy and Daddy kissed me goodbye, and we left the hotel for Typhoon Lagoon.
I didn't feel comfortable enough to let Em take Matthew along with them. Matthew was at the age where everything was interesting to him and would try to wander off, so I didn't want them to lose Matthew especially in a water park. I knew I could count on Rosalie, and she would never do anything reckless, but I just couldn't let him go. I think it was more because of my attachment to the boys. Ever since Kitty started school, her independent nature started to shine through, and she no longer needed me or Bella around her as much. She functioned fine without us and enjoyed her time with Dad, Mom and my siblings. I felt a little sad that Kitty wasn't clinging on to me like she used to, but I needed to get used to it. She was growing up, a little too fast, in my opinion though.
Bella pushed Jude in the stroller while Matthew walked alongside me. Matthew started to make funny noise waving his hand stuck to his nose. "PWAAA PWAAA," he said and laughed. I raised my brow in confusion and looked at Bella.
Bella pointed at the elephant sign at the entrance gate. Ah! I realized Matthew was imitating an elephant.
We first went to ride the Wildlife Express train. After the train ride, we went to the affection station so that Jude and Matthew could pet some of the gentler animals like goats and sheep.
"Food?" Matthew asked pointing to the goat while the parents around us looked horrified, and Bella hung her head in shame.
"Not this guy," I said and chuckled.
After they had plenty of fun with the animals, we went on the Kilimanjaro Safaris where we got to ride an open-air safari vehicle, and got to see some of the animals we haven't seen from our hotel room such as the lions, cheetahs, elephants, okapis and many more. Then we went to see the musical, "Finding Nemo." Both Jude and Matthew loved the show very much, and stood on our laps, while they clapped and danced to the music. Matthew lay on his stomach over my knees and acted like he was Crush, the Turtle, swinging his arms and legs out like he was swimming in the sea. After the musical Matthew looked like he used up his energy, and rubbed his stomach to tell us that he was hungry.
We found a place called "Restaurantosaurus." It was a nice fast food type restaurant great for the kids. We ordered some fries, burgers, and hot dogs. After we finished eating, we went to watch "The Festival of the Lion King." The 30 minute live show was very entertaining with many dancers, Disney characters, and even fire jugglers.
We decided to go back to our hotel room, to rest and cool down, before we got ready for dinner. While we sat in the balcony and watched the animals, Emmett and Rosalie returned with Kitty. I thanked them both and they left to get ready for dinner. Kitty bounced towards us and recapped what she did today. Kitty's face was red and shiny. It looked like she had a little too much sun today. I took her to the bedroom and applied some aloe gel to her face that Bella kept cooled in the fridge.
I thought it was kind of funny that we planned to dine at Hollywood Brown Derby for dinner. It was an authentic replica of the Brown Derby in Hollywood. We could easily eat at the original restaurant back home in LA, but to watch the show with reserved seating, the only option was to book the Fantasmic! firework dinner show package. The dinner show package let us choose one out of the three restaurant choices, and the Hollywood Brown Derby matched our preferences the closest. One of their signature dishes was the Brown Derby Cobb Salad, which followed Mr. Cobb, the owner of the historic California Brown Derby's original recipe.
The food was excellent. The menu was geared towards the adults, but our kids were used to fine dining because of Alice, so we weren't worried at all. They all loved Cobb Salad and we ordered plenty of that.
After dinner we went to the amphitheater to watch the firework show. Kitty sat between Bella and I, and I had Matthew in my lap, and Bella had Jude in her lap. Dad and Mom sat beside us, and Rose, Em, Alice, and Jasper sat right behind us. With all the screaming and cheering from Em and Alice, I thought I would lose my hearing. The show was really elaborate and the kids really enjoyed it. I glanced around and everyone of my family were smiling and clapping. I loved moments like this when my whole family was happy and together. I was quite sure that next time we came we would be joined by little ones from Em and Rose, and Alice and Jasper, and maybe more from Bella and me, although we were quite content with the wonderful three we already had.
I felt blessed and was thankful for all of them, especially my wife, Bella. Without her I wouldn't be half the person I am, and without her I wouldn't have my wonderful children.
I leaned into Bella behind Kitty and whispered, "I love you more every day. Thank you."
"I love you too, Edward," Bella said and kissed me. Kitty turned around and reached her arms out and hugged us both. Matthew noticed us hugging and stood up on my knees and kissed my cheek. Bella lifted Jude higher in her arms and he smiled at her. I saw a bright flash and noticed that Mom had taken a picture of us all huddled together, and smiled at us.
I hope you liked the second part of the Epilogue. I wanted to send them off happy and together.
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