Disclaimer: I do NOT own anything Twilight. All rights belong to Stephenie Meyer. No copyright infringement is intended.

WARNING: This story contains corporal punishment in later chapters.

A/N: For those of you who have read "The Repercussions of Petulance". This depicts the time Edward mentions of his first punishment with a bigger family. I hope you enjoy it.

Carlisle was at the hospital, and I was home alone, left to my own devices. Well not alone anymore… Esme was here as well. She's been with us for a while now, but I guess I'm still not used to it. Lately, she's been lingering. According to her thoughts, she's trying to get me to warm up to her. She's very nice and all, but I just tend to try to stay out of her way. But with Carlisle's strict rule of not leaving the house, it was getting difficult.

"Edward?" I heard her call. I couldn't help the slight roll of my eyes. This was the 3rd time today she was trying to 'bond'. Couldn't I just be left alone?

I swallowed a sigh. "Yes, Ma'am?"

Esme appeared at the door of my room & stepped in.

"I was going to plant some flowers. Would you get the tools out of the shed for me? I'm not sure where Carlisle keeps them."

Couldn't she just look for them? Why must I fetch them?

"Yes, Ma'am." I said mechanically, standing up.

"Haven't I told you to call me Esme?" She said as she moved to let me pass her in the doorway.

"Yes, Ma'am." I answered. I wasn't being snotty or sarcastic; I just couldn't bring myself to call her by name.

She sighed as she followed me down the hall.

I stepped outside, and made my way to the shed as she moved to the side of the house. I grabbed the gardening tools quickly, just wanting to go back to my room and be alone again. I exited the shed, and crossed the yard towards where Esme was waiting for me.

She beamed at me as I set the tools on the ground for her.

"Thank you Edward!"

"You're welcome." I said quietly, keeping my eyes to the ground.

She was quiet for a moment, thinking how best to get me to stay.

"Would you like to help? I have always found gardening to be very relaxing."

I repressed a sigh.

"No thank you." I felt a little guilty as I read her disappointment. Maybe I was being childish, but I didn't want to garden with her, or listen to the radio with her, or hunt with her. I just wanted to be left alone.

"Are you sure?"

"Yes, Ma'am. May I go back to my room?" She frowned.

"Of course. Thank you again for getting these for me." I nodded, and then turned to make my way to the house, listening to her trying to figure out what else she could ask me to do with her. It was exasperating. She must forget that I can hear what she is thinking.

There had to be somewhere in the house I could go and get away from her for a bit. Some little hide away.

I was half way to the backdoor when it occurred to me. Maybe I could sneak out… just for a bit. I could go on a quick hunt or something… be back before Carlisle gets off of work. I listened for Esme. She was now so into her gardening she's even stopped thinking of ways to bond. She wouldn't notice if I slipped out. I could totally use the break from her.

Then I thought of Carlisle. He didn't have many rules, but not leaving the house was a big one. He always said if I wanted to go anywhere, I was to go with him. It was mostly for precaution, though. I thought. Besides he won't even know I left.

After another minute of debate, I made up my mind. With a quick mental check that Esme was still on the other side of the house, I took off into the woods. Just a quick hunt I thought, a little time to myself. I'd be gone and back with no one the wiser.

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