Well I do not own these characters except for Sophie Rae Black. I hope that you enjoy the sequel. You will notice, if you have started this sequel previously, that the first few chapters are the same, but then I am going in a different direction than I thought. Sophie wanted to go a different way. And who am I to say no. So I hope you enjoy and I will try to post as must as I can. If you have not read 'Mine' please do so and as always please review and let me know what you think. Thank you so much for your patience and I hope you like it.- Dana
Forever and a Day
A sequel to "Mine"
Chapter 1 Eight Men and a Baby
Summer vacation, finally. The drive home from Seattle seemed to take forever. Nessie and I had managed to keep our schedules as synchronized as possible, but I had one last final today, Friday, and now I was rushing back in time to make it to the bonfire. I had spent the last two weeks in my room studying Organic Chemistry. Doc came over almost every night to help and I was feeling pretty confident until I sat in that way too small desk and the test was put in front of me. All I was hoping for at this point was a C.
I was taking the summer off. Sophie had been as patient as possible for a nine month old with super powers. This past week had tried that patience though. I didn't get to spend hardly any time with her and by the time I left this morning, Nessie had to distract her so I could finally leave. She had drug me back to the house three times.
When I pulled into the driveway of the main house, I had to keep myself from speeding. I missed my girl. She was right on the verge of walking and I didn't want to miss those first steps. I quickly parked in the garage. My beat up Toyota pickup looked out of place with the rest of the cars in there. It was a work in progress. The Cullens offered to buy me a car, but I wanted to feel like there was something that was actually mine.
I quickly entered the house and found the family in the living room. I heard Sophie giggle and suddenly I was being picked up off the floor and flown through the air, gently landing in front of Bella who was holding her granddaughter.
"Hey there Baby Girl." Sophie squealed and reached out for me. I took her in my arm and gave her a big hug. She placed her hands on my cheeks and gave me a kiss. I tickled her and she laughed, squirming in my grasp.
"So Seth, how did the final go?" Doc's anticipation sounded clearly in his voice. I turned and gave him a weak smile.
"I think it went okay. I had some lapses in retention, but I think I passed."
Jake's laugh filled the whole room. "Listen to you, lapses in retention. You already sound like a braniac and you haven't even started medical school yet."
Sophie shot her father a nasty look and his chair moved back about three feet.
"Daddy is just teasing me Sweetheart. I'm fine." Jake sighed and gave me a dirty look. If it was this bad when she was an infant, none of us wanted to imagine when the teenage hormones hit. "So we doing the bonfire tonight?"
Nessie came and took Sophie from me. She smiled at me and I notice that all the women in the room were smiling and the men all had a pained looks on their faces. "Well Seth, we women are going to go to Portland for the weekend. We all need some retail therapy. We are leaving you men here and you get to have the whole weekend to play with Sophie." Nessie kissed Sophie on the cheek and then handed her to Jake. "Mommy loves you and I will see you in a couple of days." She kissed Jake and all the other women kissed their partners and waved goodbyes. The room was very quiet and we all just kept looking at each other. This would be the longest Sophie and Nessie would have been apart. There were times when Nessie was the only one who could calm Sophie down. Not that long ago, Sophie got stung by a bee and Nessie was the only one of us that didn't get flung across the creek.
It was Jake's voice that broke the silence. "Piece of cake. We've so got this. They don't think we can handle it." We all nervously laughed and as the Explorer pulled out past the front windows, Sophie suddenly realized that her Mommy was gone. Suddenly her beautiful brown eyes looked at me and started to fill up with tears. Her bottom lip started to quiver and I quickly looked at Emmett.
"Hang on man."
Sophie let out a scream and Emmett was lifted off the floor, straight into the ceiling. He fell back down to earth with a thud.
"Shit." The profanity slipped out of his mouth as he picked himself up.
"Emmett." We all yelled at the same time.
Sophie as struggling in Jake's grasp and reaching towards the windows. "Mama", she kept saying over and over. I walked over to her and knelt down so I was in her vision.
"Calm down Baby Girl. You are going to have the time of your life with me and Daddy. Plus, Grandpa and Great Grandpa, Uncle Emmett, Uncle Jasper and I bet we can even get Uncle Quil and Uncle Embry to come by too." Big alligator tears kept rolling down her cheeks and she crawled out of Jake's arms into mine. She put her head on my shoulder and her sobs slowly decreased.
Jake pulled out his cell phone and rounded the pack up to meet us at First Beach. We took Sophie home to change her clothes and make sure we had everything we needed for the evening. When we got to the house, I took Sophie into the kitchen, put her in her high chair and got her dinner started.
"Tonight Mademoiselle we have macaroni and cheese, peas and for dessert Cherry Cobbler." Sophie laughed and pounded on her tray while I got the food ready. Jake came in and started pounding out a beat with our little percussionist.
"I'll feed her if you want to get ready. I imagine you want to change into something a little more beach appropriate." I still had on my nice clothes for school. I had been spending more and more time with Edward and Doc. They were rubbing off on me.
I handed Jake the plate and kissed Sophie on the head as I headed out of the kitchen and up to my apartment. I quickly took a shower and put on a pair of shorts and a faded black t-shirt. Shoes were not necessary, so I plotted down the stairs and could only shake my head at the sight that waited for me when I got to the kitchen.
Sophie had more food on her face than I think I put in her dish. She was smiling from ear to ear and Jake had peas spewed all over the front of his shirt. He grabbed a rag and washed her off. "She's all yours to get ready. As you can see I have to change myself." He kissed her and gave her a raspberry on her neck which sent out a high pitched giggle. "Love you."
I picked her up and continued to tickle her as I followed Jake up the stairs and then into Sophie's room. I sat her on the floor and turned to get an outfit out of her closet. When I turned back around, she was gone. I quickly ran out of the door and checked the stairs. All the doors down the hall were closed, and she was nowhere. She had to still be in her room.
I quickly went back into her room. "Sophie Rae Black? Where are you?" I heard a giggle come from under the crib. I got down on my hands and knees and she was on her stomach looking at me. When she saw me she put her hands over her eyes and shouted "Boo". I gasped and pretended to pass out. She crawled out from under the crib and climbed onto my stomach. I opened my eyes and she was directly over me, looking into my eyes. She growled and I couldn't help but laugh. "Cub you are so scary." I wrapped her in my arms and gently rolled her on the floor. Keeping one hand on her, I reached behind me and grabbed her clean clothes and fresh diaper. I got her all changed and placed her in her crib so I could put together a bag for the night. I got all the essentials, three changes of clothes, ten diapers, five pairs of socks, three hats, two packages of baby wipes and four blankets. I picked her up and headed down stairs. I was greeted by Jake, Edward, Doc, Jasper, Emmett, Quil and Embry, each with their arms full of stuff. They were carrying the playpen, the highchair, the walker, coolers and duffle bags. I couldn't help but laugh.
"Seriously guys? You forgot the sink." They all shot me dirty looks. "I think we put everything back but the playpen and the cooler." There was a loud thud as items hit the floor. "Ready?" Without another word, we were running towards First Beach. When we got there, we set up the playpen and set Sophie inside. We got the fire going and then started the Smores. The rest of the pack joined us as well as Billy and Quil's Grandfather. We still had made no progress with my Mom and Charlie. It made me sad. Charlie didn't get to enjoy Nessie being a baby and now he was missing out on Sophie and it was his own fault.
I did hear from my Mom last week though. Apparently Leah was pregnant and ready to have a baby at any time. She was still in Alaska and in not the best of conditions. When I started to talk about Sophie, she cut the conversation short and said she would talk to me again soon. Baby steps I guess.
As the night progressed, Sophie was passed from person to person. Finally she started to fuss and she made her way back to me. She put her head on my shoulder and was out within a second. One of my favorite things in the world is holding Sophie while she sleeps. She giggles in her sleep and it makes my day every single time. As the fire died down, Jake and I went ahead while the rest of the group clean up. When we got home, Jake took Sophie and changed her into her pajamas. We both gave her kisses on her forehead and then headed off to bed ourselves.
The next morning I woke to the sound of Jake frantically calling Sophie's name. I pulled on some shorts and a t-shirt and ran down the stairs. As I opened the door onto the second floor, Jake's eyes met mine and they were full of panic. "She's gone. I went into get her this morning and she is gone." We heard something crash to the floor downstairs and Sophie giggle.
We flew down the stairs and towards the direction the noise came from; the kitchen. Sophie as setting on the floor and the refrigerator was wide open. There was a jar of pickles that was shattered on the floor and a jar of strawberry preserves was floating above it. When Sophie became aware of us she mentally let the jar go sending glass shard in every direction. One embedded in her leg and she sent out a blood curdling scream. I ran to her and scooped her into my arms.
"Sophie shhh." I tried to soother her, but she was scared and in pain and nine months old.
"How the hell did she get down here?" Jake was still trying to wrap his head around the fact that she wasn't in her crib.
"Jake that doesn't matter right now. Let's get her to Doc and have him check her out." We ran out of the door and directly to the main house. Before the house was even in sight, Edward met us at the tree line.
"Is she okay?" He put his hand on her back and tried to soothe her as well. I could tell by the look on Jake's face he was trying to put pieces together through his worry. It wasn't going well.
Edward's face went blank and he laughed. " She figured out how to climb out of her crib. She went down the stairs on her bottom and was playing with the refrigerator because she likes the light."
Jake and I just shook our heads and quickly brought Sophie into the house where Doc was waiting. He took her up to his office and gave her the once over. One Band Aid later and she was fine.
"Now what do we do? The crib was the only thing giving me peace to sleep." Jake looked exhausted.
"Leave it up to us." Emmett grabbed his car keys and Jasper and Edward followed him out to the garage.
Three hours later, Jake and Nessie's house was completely "baby proofed". The next morning however, we realized it was not Sophie proofed. Jake and I once again woke to the sound of glass breaking. This time when we got down to the bottom of the stairs, everything else fell away. Sophie came walking towards us out of the kitchen. It didn't matter that she was covered with flour and peanut butter. She was walking. Jake and I sat on the floor at the foot of the stairs and clapped as Sophie awkwardly walked towards us. I don't know how long we sat there and watched her, but the only thing that brought me out of my revelry was the sound of the front door open.
Nessie stood there with a look of horror on her face. "What the hell is going on here?"
Jake and I looked back at her, both of us were now smudged with flour and peanut butter ourselves from victory hugs. We smiled at Nessie and in unison said.
"Sophie is walking. Isn't it great."