AN: Alright babes, this is the end. *Wipes away tear* I want to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to read my story. This story wouldn't be anything without you guys. I will be going through and editing the chapters… Some of you have pointed out errors to me, so I want to fix those! : )
I'm sorry it took so long, but I've been super-duper busy! (And yes, I did just say super-duper.)
I smiled happily as I looked at the silver band adorning my left ring finger. I pictured the matching engagement ring in the top left drawer of my jewelry box.
It wasn't that I didn't want to wear it, it just didn't fit anymore. My fingers were swelling with the heat, as well as my quickly approaching due date.
I pulled the lid off the memory box and added the latest set of family pictures. I flipped through them as I added them to the box.
First was a picture of Edward, Abby, and I. Edward and I were sitting side by side, with Abby happily perched on Edward's lap. She certainly wouldn't have fit on mine.
The next picture was Edward holding Abby up in the air, her beautiful brown hair framing her face, and a wide smile full of laughter adorning her face. Edward's smile bright and full of happiness.
In the third picture, my big pregnant belly is in the center of the frame. Abby is perched on a stool beside me, her tiny hand on the front of my belly as she gives my baby belly a sweet kiss. Edward is on the other side, his hand also on the front of my belly as he kisses my belly.
Picture four has Abby in between Edward and me, facing the camera, as both Edward and I kiss her chubby little cheeks.
Each picture causes my smile to widen as I look at the love that is evident in every single picture.
I press a kiss to Abby's beautiful little face before adding the last picture. Then I skim through the other items in the box.
The first several items are all newspaper clippings. I read the headlines of each clipping before I move on to the next. Two Killed In Murder Suicide At Local Apartment Complex. I frown at the blurry picture of Jessica's apartment building.
Home Vandalized. This article was accompanied by a picture of my old house. Woman and Child Kidnapped-Attacked. Another picture of my house was featured below the headline, only this time the street was filled with cop cars, with cops mingling around outside.
Jessica Anna Stanley. I smiled at how beautiful she looked in the picture that was included in the obituary. The next clipping was Abby's first birthday announcement, followed by our wedding announcement.
I replaced the newspaper clippings and picked up Abby adoption certificates. The first showing that I had adopted her and the second showing that Edward had adopted her; that we were finally a family.
The next item I picked up was Abby's beautiful drawing of a baby after she found out she was going to be a big sister. She was so excited.
I replaced the lid and hoisted the box above my head in an attempt to replace it in the top of the closet.
I felt his presence before he slipped the box out of my hands and easily replaced it on the shelf.
"I told you I'd be right back," Edward whispered as he held me from behind. His hands caressed my large belly as he kissed my cheek.
"I know," I replied, knowing that he would understand my need unspoken need for independence. After all of our time together he understood everything about me, even if I didn't voice it.
It was hard to believe that four years had passed since Jessica's murder. I knew that a time would come when we would have to show Abby the articles, and tell her about her past, but I hoped that it would be a long time before that had to happen.
Edward and I had talked about it and decided that if she hadn't brought it up by her 18th birthday, that we would initiate the conversation. We didn't think the possibility of this scenario was very promising, but we thought this would be best.
I hoped she wouldn't notice the difference in appearance between her and her brother, or any other siblings she may have in the future. But I knew the chances of that were probably less than slim, our little girl was smart.
"Abby wants to see you in the living room," Edward said, pulling me out of my thoughts. I turned in his arms. He had already bent down knowing I would want to give him a kiss.
I gave him a loving kiss, tangling my fingers in his hair and holding his lips to mine. Our tongues tangled together for a few moments before we were interrupted by one of the sweetest giggles in the world.
"Momma! Come hewe!" Abby giggled from the living room.
"I guess she resorted to paging me," I laughed as I pulled away from Edward.
"Yeah, I get distracted easily," he winked before kissing me quickly once more. He followed me down the hallway and stairs and into the living room.
"Momma, wook at Bob!" She laughed, pointing at our Great Dane, Bob. Abby picked his name after watching an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.
Bob looked at up at me from his spot on the floor, completely unimpressed with the bows adorning his ears, and the small doll's dress covering his snout. I couldn't help but giggle at the adorable sight.
We hadn't had Bob for very long, but when we had spotted him in his tiny little cage at the animal shelter, we knew he was the perfect match for us. It was almost as if his eyes lit up when he saw us, and we were sold.
He was still considered a puppy, but he was so well behaved and calm.
I watched with a happy smile on my face as Edward crouched down next to Abby and helped her remove the bows and dress from Bob. Bob responded with a slobbery kiss on Abby's cheek, causing her to squeal in delight.
"C'mon Bug, it's bath time," I laughed as I watched her attempt to wipe the slobber away. Edward scooped her into a Superman pose, making rocket noises as he carried her to the bathroom.
Since it was difficult for me to get down on the floor, I sat on the closed toilet and watched Edward bathe Abby, and Abby drench Edward as she splashed and played in the water.
Edward wrapped her tightly in a warm towel and stood her on the counter so I could help her brush her teeth. She giggled as she watched in the mirror.
"Aw done Momma!" She said around a mouth full of foam. I wiped her face after she rinsed her mouth and Edward hoisted her off the counter.
She was resting in bed by the time I made it to her room, Edward moving the rocking chair so I could be next to her bed without sitting on the floor.
I watched Abby as Edward read her a bedtime story. The love she felt for him was evident on her beautiful little face.
"Good stowy, Daddy," she yawned as Edward closed the book. He gave her a hug and kiss before standing and kissing my forehead.
"Good night Abby-bug. Daddy loves you," Edward whispered as he exited. I smiled as I thought about how far we'd come.
"Wuv you Daddy," Abby replied, just barely awake.
I leaned over her bed and stroked her head as I sang our bedtime song.
Oh Mr. Moon, moon, great big silvery moon, won't you please shine down on me.
Oh Mr. Moon, moon, great big silvery moon, won't you come from behind that tree?
There stands a man with a big shot gun, ready for to shoot if you start to run,
Oh Mr. Moon, moon great big silvery moon, won't you please shine down on
Talk about shinin', won't you please shine down on me?
I bent as far as I could and kissed Abby's cheek.
"I love you, Abby," I said quietly. I turned off the light and walked down the hallway to our bedroom.
Edward had already taken off his wet clothes, and was waiting in bed for me to join him. I slipped off my pajamas and climbed into bed with my husband.
He wrapped his arms around me tightly, bringing me as close to him as possible. One hand released me from his grasp so he could tilt my chin up towards his face.
He pressed his lips to mine in a fiery kiss. There was no slow build of passion… It was instantaneous.
His lips hungrily devoured mine as his hands purposefully wandered my body, stopping at various places he knew well.
I moaned quietly as he slid inside me, moving slowly and deliberately. Each thrust hitting the perfect spot. It didn't take long for both of us to reach our peaks, together.
Edward rolled over and pulled me into his side, lifting my chin again for a slow, sensual kiss.
"Goodnight, my Bella. I love you." He whispered before kissing me again.
"Goodnight, Edward. I love you, too." I whispered in response. I pressed a kiss to his chest and snuggled deeper into his side, his arm tightening around my body.
I sighed dreamily as I drifted off to sleep. This was where life's journey had brought me, and this was right where I was always meant to be.
AN: Okay, who else is crying? Oh… just me? Hehe… I'm not crying… I was cutting onions. I love you guys, and you are all so totally awesome that there aren't words.