Chapter 37

Charlie's Birthday Party

Bella's Point of View

I can't believe that my baby boy is already three years old. I sighed as I continued to turn the pages of his baby photo album that I had put together. I smiled when I saw the first picture of him being held by his grandfather. I missed my parents every day. I wanted to visit them more, but I knew that we had an obligation to make towards our people.

I turned around to see Alice in the back garden with the decorators. The entire backyard was filled with kid's toys. There were bouncy castles, sandpits, small paddling pools, jungle gyms and food tables. Alice had been planning this party for some time now and was just as excited as I was for Charlie to turn three.

"Momma." Charlie yelled happily as he raced into our bedroom with Edward right behind him. I picked him up and planted a big kiss on his cheek.

"Happy Birthday, baby." I said. I frowned when I noticed how big he has gotten. "Are you ready to open some presents?" He nodded excitingly and jumped out of my arms. We walked out of the bedroom and down to the living room where Charlie's gifts were. His eyes widened when he saw how many there were. The Cullen family had a tendency to overbuy at times. He ended up getting new clothes, new soft toys, a swing set, a toy car, a toy plane and books. We had a large breakfast together, as a family and then started to get ready for Charlie's third birthday party.

By the mid afternoon, all of his friends had arrived and were playing in the garden. There was royalty from all over the world here today with their children. I was amazed at how many people turned up. There were kids running around in their swimming togs, soaking wet and there were also kids running around in lovely clothes which paint all over them. Their parents were defiantly not going to be happy about that.

"Hello your highness." A high pitched, annoying voice said from behind us. I turned around, along with Edward, and saw a strawberry haired woman walking towards us. I smiled nervously when I saw the way she was walking with a small boy beside her. The grip that she had on his wrist was certainly not something I was okay with someone doing to a small child. "I haven't seen you in ages, Eddie." My eyes widened when I heard the nickname that she had for my husband.

"Tanya, this is my wife, Bella." Edward said. "Bella, this is one of our family friends, Tanya." I smiled at her and bent down to the young boy.

"Would you like to get something to eat?" I asked him. He looked up, wiped away the tears, and nodded. I smiled and picked him up in my arms. I quickly left Edward and his family friend to talk by themselves. I was, however, smart enough to stay close to them so I could hear what they were saying.

"What are you doing here, Tanya." Edward asked. "You don't even have a kid." I gasped and looked down to the small boy. None of his features were similar to Tanya, now that he had mentioned it. So whose child was this?

"I'm borrowing him for a while." Tanya said. "Anyway, enough about the brat. Did you miss me?" I glanced over in time to see Edward roll his eyes at the woman. I smirked and feed the boy some small cookies.

"More, please." The boy said. I smiled and handed the boy another one.

"So, sweetie." I said to the boy. "What's your name?"

"Christopher." He whispered. "But since you're nice, you can call me Chris. The mean lady isn't allowed to call me that."

"I'm sorry that is being so mean to you." I said. "How about you go over and play on the bouncy castle while I talk to her." He smiled and raced off. I walked back over with a drink for both Edward and myself. I didn't bother offering Tanya any, since it was obvious that she liked my husband more than friends.

"So, what are we talking about?" I asked, knowing damn well what they had been conversing about. Tanya put on a sickly sweet smile and flicked her hair over her shoulder.

"I just finished telling Tanya that this is a children's birthday and that we don't need any drama here today." Edward said while glaring at Tanya. "You should leave and take the poor child back to his parents."

"Look, I just wanted to come here and see some friends and this is the sort of reaction that I get?" Tanya said in a fake shocked voice. I rolled my eyes and took a sip out of my drink. "Daddy wouldn't be happy by the way your speaking to me at the moment."

"Your father knows very well how much I despise you." Edward growled. "He hasn't cared before, and he most defiantly won't care in the future."

"Edward, is everything okay over here?" A voice said from behind us. I turned around and saw Esme standing there with Carlisle. "Tanya, I had no idea that you had a child."

"Ew, of course I don't." Tanya squealed. "I wouldn't be caught dead having to look after a small, disgusting human."

"Then why are you here?" Carlisle asked. "You obviously have no reason to be at my grandson's birthday party, so I think it may be best if you just leave." Tanya turned her nose up at us and looked around the garden. I looked over to where she was looking and saw Charlie talking to Chris.

"Hey, Burt!" Tanya yelled. The small boy looked up, frowned and then slowly walked towards us.

"My name is Christopher." He mumbled. She rolled her eyes at the boy and, once again, grabbed him by the wrist and dragged him away with her. He turned around, grave us a smile and waved to us. He is one of the most well behaved children that I no.

"Do you guys have some sort of business together that I should no about?" I asked Edward as we walked over to a bench to sit down together.

"When we were little she used to have a crush on me, I thought she had gotten over it." Edward explained. "I guess she hasn't." I frowned and gave Edward a smiled, that didn't reach my eyes.

By four o'clock, most of the parents had taken their children back home. We were just saying goodbye to the prince of Africa when I suddenly got a terrible feeling in my stomach. I looked around and saw that the entire family was sitting on the grass together, smiling and laughing.

"Edward, where's Charlie?" I asked. He looked around and suddenly tensed up when he couldn't spot his son anywhere. I took off running down the garden screaming his name.

"What, what's going on?" Alice asked.

"We can't find Charlie? Have you seen him?" I gushed. She shook her head and started to search with us. Tears were falling down my face and I was starting to shake. Carlisle ordered the guards to search the property and town for my child.

"It's going to be okay, love." Edward told me as I cried loudly into his chest for my son.

~*~ Author's Note ~*~

OH NO! Charlie has been kidnapped! Will Bella and Edward ever get him back? Don't forget to review and I hope you enjoyed this chapter.

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