Rating: T

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Short drabbles about the relationship between Esme and Carlisle.

Eternity is Merely another Day

"College"

It didn't matter how many times Esme and I watched the children go off to college, Esme always cried. I don't know if it was because she wasn't going to see them for a while or because she felt like any other parents letting their children go but always at the start, Esme cried. I mean she didn't actually cry because that wasn't possible for a vampire but she started great huge tearless sobs that were all the more pitiful because she couldn't really cry.

I wasn't sure whether it was due to her lack of own offspring when she was human or the fact that she'd lost her only child at such a young age but Esme just couldn't seem to face this idea. I tried to convince her that it was going to be okay. After all, they were more than capable of taking care of themselves and they would be coming home again at the end of each semester. But she wouldn't listen to me.

It must've been the twenty-fourth or twenty-fifth time we'd faced this scene when I found the solution to Esme's grief at losing the children for long periods of time. It was the usual morning rush that we'd faced so many times before. The children weren't ready. I didn't want them to be late. Esme didn't want them to go. Rosalie didn't want to leave her car behind. Emmett was too excited to get in the car. Edward was playing his piano one last time. Alice couldn't decide what to wear. Jasper was trying to calm everyone down. I was desperate to get all their luggage in the car so that we could have quiet in the house once again.

Esme started sobbing as we loaded all the luggage into Emmett's jeep. All the children gave Esme a long hug before getting into the car. Edward was the last to say goodbye to my wife, giving her the longest hug of all and a kiss on the cheek. Edward and Esme had always had a close bond since he was our first child. He whispered something in her ear before turning and sitting in the car.

Emmett was in the driver's seat. I put my arm around my wife as he started the ignition. Her sobs got louder as we waved goodbye to them. We watched them drive around the corner before I pulled her tighter towards me and kissed each of her eyelids. As she continued to cry I picked her up in a bridal fashion and carried her into the house. I sat down on the couch and placed her on my lap, cradling her body tenderly.

Her tears slowly subsided and we sat in silence for a while. I played with her caramel locks while she held my hand as if it was a lifeline.

She gave a soft sigh and finally broke the silence. "It's so quiet," she said.

I nodded in agreement, giving her a gentle kiss on the lips.

"So what do you want to do this afternoon?" she asked.

"Well, I can think of one thing if you're up to it," I said quietly.

"What would that be?" she said, smiling slightly at the idea.

"Something we haven't had a chance to do with the kids around," I told her, whispering a few ideas into her ear.

"I think I'd like that," she said, giggling as I carried her up to our bedroom.

We had a wonderful time that afternoon and Esme always looked forward to the quietness that we would have when the kids went away to college. And I knew it would never end. We could keep this up for all eternity.


I'm not really sure if I like this one and it definately didn't turn out the way I expected when I started writing it.

Anyway, tell me what you think and please, please give me some ideas of what you think I should write about next... even if it's just one word. I don't care how random it is... I'm sure I'll find something to write about!

Also I just posted a oneshot about Esme's first day as a vampire, so if you fancy that it's on my profile!

With love JLF xx