AN: Okay, so I've been sitting on this story for a few months now. Pretty much since before I went on hiatus. Over on the blog, Nikki and I talked about doing a Daddy Week. Her biggest thing was that she wanted to feature Daddysper. I told her if I could get three chapters written before Daddy Week, I'd publish the story and post it. I didn't get three chapters done. But before I started writing chapter 2, I sent out emails to five different people. They got to read the first chapter and all of them said they loved the story and wanted to see more. I then wrote chapter 2. It's finished and beta'd. As soon as I get chapter 3 written, I'll post chapter 2. So look for it soon!
Thank you to Clurrabella who did a very minor beta job on this chapter. TwiOthGirly will be taking over for chapter 2 and on. Thank you to wsinspired, Beegurl13, and Jaspersexkitten who have all read the first chapter. Without them, I probably wouldn't have the courage to write the upcoming chapters.
Chapter 1: End of the Beginning
You saw what you get
If you take what you take
Look in the eye of the test
It's all because
Now there's a feeling I get
When I look to the left
But it should never be sensed
Start searching for a sign
End of the Beginning by 30 Seconds to Mars
"Look Bella, I know this is hard on you, but I promise it'll get better. I swear," My best friend Rose said. Rose had been my best friend for years. We met each other in college when she started dating my best friend from high school, Emmett McCarthy.
I had just gotten home from the open house the school held. I was a senior English teacher. At twenty six, I was one of the youngest, if not the youngest, teacher in the school.
"Thanks for getting Wyatt from day care. I appreciate it," I said.
"Oh, about that. There was an incident. He kind of got pushed around today." I was surprised. He normally stayed to himself and didn't bother a soul.
"Wyatt, honey, come say goodbye to Aunt Rose," I called.
Wyatt came bundling down the hall and gave Rose a hug. She kissed his head and she said her goodbye.
"Mommy, why were you so late?" Wyatt asked.
He was the spitting image of my father. Dark brown curls, brown eyes that looked like chocolate milk. The one thing he has that we can't figure out where it came from, are dimples.
"Well, tonight I had to meet with my students and their families. You know I won't be this late again. How was day care today?" I asked.
Wyatt climbed into my lap.
"I made a new friend. Then I started to get picked on, but Maddie came to help me. Then Maddie and I talked all day. And I told her that I didn't have a daddy and she said that I could share hers," He said. My jaw dropped.
"That's not exactly how it works," I said after a few minutes.
"Why not? Maddie said she always wanted a brother. And she said she didn't mind sharing her daddy," Wyatt said again.
I really couldn't believe that Maddie, his new best friend, said hey could share a daddy. There was so much that went into letting Wyatt into a man's life. The other thing I was worried about was what if Maddie's mom didn't like the idea of Wyatt entering into that.
"Well first, I don't know him. He doesn't know me. I'm also betting that Maddie's mom wouldn't like that too much," I said. I knew I couldn't come out and tell him everything that would go into the decision of allowing what the kids suggested. I was glad that he had a new friend, but I thought things were going a little fast.
Plus, I figured he hadn't taken Maddie's mom into account.
"Maddie doesn't have a mommy. She has an Aunt Alice and an Uncle Edward. I told her about Aunt Rose and Uncle Em though. She wants to meet Uncle Em." I laughed. I could understand why the little girl would want to meet Em. He was the biggest man in the world, but he was the kindest soul.
"Well if you are good for Grandma Sue and Uncle Charlie next week, then maybe you can ask him to pick you up from daycare. Now are you ready to leave tomorrow?"
"I'm packed. But mommy, do I have to go away for a week? I'm gonna miss Maddie." I laughed. I knew what he was going through. I hated to be separated from Emmett when I was younger.
"How about I get Aunt Rose to ask Maddie's daddy if it's okay for you to call her once a day while you are gone?"
"Maddie's Aunt Alice brings her in. Her daddy has to be at work early like you." I sighed. Of course, this wouldn't be easy. It would be like pulling teeth.
"Well, I'll have Aunt Rose ask Maddie's Aunt Alice for Maddie's daddy's phone number and I'll ask him for you. Then I'll call Grandma Sue with the verdict. Now, you, my handsome little man, need to go to bed. You have a big day tomorrow," I said scooping him up before carrying him to his bedroom and pulling out his pajamas.
"Mommy can I get my bath tomorrow morning?" I smiled and then frowned. The thought of tomorrow killed me. I pulled my cell phone out of my pocket and stared at the screen for a minute.
"Go brush your teeth while I call Aunt Rose and Uncle Em."
Wyatt ran to the bathroom while I called Rose.
"Hey Bells. Just the woman I wanted to talk to. Emmett is going to take care of Wyatt tomorrow. I have a doctors appointment in the morning. Emmett will be there at 6." Rose said.
"Is this a special doctor or a normal doctor?" I asked.
"Normal doctor. I need my allergy pills and I need a physical."
"Oh. Well then, is Emmett around?" I asked. I knew Rose could hear the disappointment in my voice. She and Emmett had been throwing the idea of getting pregnant around for a few months.
I could hear Rose walking to Emmett. She handed him the phone.
"Dude. Am I a business deal? I think not. Try again."
"My favorite MILF! What can I do you for?"
I heard a loud thwack in the background.
"Your favorite Godson wants to know if you will give him a bath in the morning? And I'll also need you to do me a favor. But I'll explain that one when you come over tomorrow," I said.
"I only have one godson, but yes I'll bathe him in the morning. I'll be there between five thirty and six."
I agreed and hung up the phone. Wyatt came back into the room.
"Get your PJ's on and get in bed. Aunt Rose won't be here. But you get your wish with Maddie meeting Uncle Em. He's going to take you to daycare," I said.
Wyatt had an adorable smile on his face. He looked so much like Emmett when he smiled. My son quickly changed his clothes and climbed into bed. I said goodnight and walked out of the room. I left his door open a crack and went back down the hall. I noticed that Rose had cleaned the house for me. Knowing the next day was going to be long and potentially difficult, I opted to go to sleep. Before I knew it, my alarm was buzzing.
I climbed out of my bed and over to my bathroom. I stripped out of my pajamas and underwear. I started the shower, and then stepped under the stream of hot water. It felt amazing. I took my time washing my hair because I had to figure out my lesson plan for the day. It was Friday and I had my planning period last, so I was able to leave early. I figured that I'd do the stories in songs lesson I had been dying to do. Especially since I knew I'd be itching to leave as soon as the bell rang. Hopefully, time would go fast since I loved this lesson. I decided on which songs I wanted to use.
I finished my shower and quickly dried my body. I wrapped my hair in a towel and quickly put on an ice blue bra and panty set. Since it was Friday, I was looking forward to casual dress. I pulled out a pair of khaki pants and slid into them. I grabbed my high heeled boots and put them on. I also grabbed a pair of Vans. I needed a new pair of Chucks. I walked into my closet and found a button down shirt that matched my underwear. I left the top three buttons undone. It made me comfortable, but didn't show much cleavage. I heard my front door open and shut. Emmett was here. I looked at my clock. It was already quarter to six. I brushed my hair and put it in a neat ponytail. I brushed my teeth and put on some lip gloss before walking downstairs.
"Bella. I made coffee. ow what do you need me to do?" Emmett asked as I walked into my kitchen.
I grabbed my laptop, iPod, and iPod cord and then sat to the counter.
"First thing first. Thank you for making coffee. Second thing, I know that normally you keep Wyatt home with you. However, I need you to take him to daycare. He made a friend this week. Her name is Maddie. He'll point her out to you when she gets there. Apparently her aunt brings her in. Explain the situation about Wyatt going to my dad's for the week. Ask her for Maddie's dad's number so I can call him to get permission for Wyatt to call Maddie while he's away. And I guess Wyatt told her about you. She wants to meet you. Also, tell his teacher I'll be in to get him at one thirty," I said.
I created the playlist while I was talking. I put Scream, Chapter Four, Afterlife, Tension, and Warmness on the Soul by Avenged Sevenfold on it. I also included The Kill by 30 Seconds To Mars, What A Shame by Shinedown, Waking Up With Wolves by The Black Maria, Never Too Late by Three Days Grace, and Dani California by the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the playlist.
I found copies of the lyrics and had a copy of each set printed out. I'd make copies when I got to work. Emmett nodded and I went into the office and grabbed the lyrics from the printer. I grabbed my iPod, iHome, and sneakers and started to walk out the door.
"Bells. You're forgetting a lot of things," Emmett said. He had my purse, car keys, and Wyatt's suitcase read to go. I smiled.
"Thanks Em. For everything. Don't forget. Wyatt needs a bath and breakfast. Get him to daycare by 7:30," I said as I put everything in the car.
He put Wyatt's suitcase in the trunk. I gave him a hug and a kiss on the cheek. I got to work and went to my classroom first. I put all of my stuff on my desk. Then I grabbed the lyrics and paired them off. The Kill and Scream, Warmness on the Soul and Never Too Late, Afterlife and What A Shame, Chapter Four and Dani California, and Tension and Waking Up With Wolves.
I went down to the office and made enough copies so that each of my classes got a different set. I walked back to my room and set up for the day. I had a desk in the front of the room. I kept my attendance book there. I put my iHome on it and shoved my iPod into my pocket. I looked around the room and smiled.
I had worked my ass off all through college to get my bachelors in English and Education. I did that in three years. Then I got my masters in English in four.
It was quarter to seven and my first class didn't start until seven fifteen. I set up my iHome and turned on Black Eyed Peas' Boom Boom Pow. I started bopping my head to the music when one of my students, Ben Cheney, popped his head in.
"Do you do this every morning, Miss Swan?" He asked. I laughed. He was a good kid and was willing to help any way possible.
"Nope. I needed my iPod and speakers for today's lesson. And since you're the first one here, do you want 30 Seconds to Mars or Shinedown?"
I knew what songs to give my other classes. But this class could go either way.
"30 Seconds to Mars. What's on the agenda for today?" Ben questioned. I pulled out the set of lyrics with The Kill and Scream in them.
"Song analysis. I want to show you guys that there's a story everywhere, including music."
"Cool. Can I asked Mr. Whitlock to join us? His planning period is now," Ben pleaded.
"Who's Mr. Whitlock?" I asked.
Being as it was my first year, I was still unfamiliar with a lot of the teachers.
"Music teacher. Awesome guy. Has an adorable daughter named Maddie."
Mentally, my jaw dropped. It couldn't be. Did I work with Maddie's father? I pushed it to the back of my mind.
"Invite him to Monday's class. I plan on holding the lesson over. You can call his room from the phone on my other desk. I just have to get some stuff ready," I said.
Ben went to the back desk and called Mr. Whitlock. It was seven ten, so the students started to file in. I put copies of the lyrics on everyone's desk. Ben was off the phone a few minutes later.
"Ben, you mind being in charge of the phone for the year?" I asked.
If there was anything I hated, it was being interrupted in the middle of a lesson. He nodded. The final bell rang so I closed the door to my classroom and the announcements came on. Before I knew it, class was starting.
"Okay guys. Today's lesson is easy. I figured it's the best thing for a Friday right?" I asked. Then the phone started to ring.
"Miss Swan's room? Who may I ask is calling? kay, one minute please," Ben said putting the phone against his chest. "Miss Swan, it's Emmett McCarty. Says it's something about your son."
I walked to the back of the room in a panic.
"Talk amongst yourselves. Emmett? What happened?" I asked in a panic.
"Bells. I need you to calm down. There was an accident on the way into school. A person lost control of their car. Maddie and Wyatt were both hit. They were taken to the hospital. But Edward can't get a hold of Maddie's dad."
"Ben! Go find Mr. Whitlock. Get him here, now! Tell him it's about Maddie. Em, I work with him. I think. If he's in the school, I'll find him. I promise." I said before hanging up.
I thought for a second. I needed to calm down. I ran across the hall to Emily Uley's room. She didn't have a class this period. I knocked on the door frantically.
"Bella? What's going on?"
"I need you to take over my class for this period. Make them study, read, anything. I don't care. I have to get to the hospital. My son was in an accident," I said.
"Miss Swan!" My head shot up and I saw Ben running down the hall with a blonde haired God. Emily and Ben went into the classroom and shut the door.
"You know something about my daughter?" The God asked.
"Edward's been trying to get a hold of you. There was an accident at the daycare. Maddie was hit," I said.
"How do you know Edward?" y head was spinning so fast I forgot to mention Wyatt.
"I don't. A friend of mine was dropping my son off. Wyatt and Maddie were walking into the building together. Someone lost control of the car and hit both kids. My friend Emmett called and said Edward couldn't get a hold of you. Earlier, Ben mentioned you had a daughter named Maddie. I figured it was you," I said.
He nodded. We ran to the office. I opened my mouth to talk, but couldn't find the words to explain. I was just beginning to feel everything. I didn't know what to say or how to say it. All I could think about was my son needed me.
"Jessica, Miss Swan and I need to leave now. Our children were in an accident."
"You need to fill out the forms. And then I'll have to ask if it's okay for the two of you to leave." My eyes saw red.
"I don't have time for this shit. You will find us subs and you'll let us go. My son needs me!" I yelled.
"Why don't you just call his father and have him deal with it?"
I was seriously going to kill her in a matter of seconds.
"Jessica. We don't have time for this bullshit! I need to get to my son, now!"
"God Bella. You act like it's the end of the world if you don't leave this second. ou know the world doesn't revolve around you."
Four things happened. The bell rang, I lunged, the God wrapped his arms around my waist and pulled me to his chest, and to top it all off, Principle Clearwater stepped out of his office. I was being held by the God, and tears were streaming down my face. Great.
"Seth. Bella and I need to leave. Our children were hit on the way into their daycare. They are on their way to the hospital. We've already wasted too much time." I couldn't stop crying.
"I understand, Jasper. You and Miss Swan go. Let me know if you need anything."
The God's name was Jasper. That made me feel a little better. I wasn't sure why, but it was nice knowing his name. I could address him with his name and not as God. Jasper started pulling me to his Cadillac SR-X. It was nice. He opened his passenger door and I climbed in. Just them my phone started ringing.
"Em, what's going on? Which hospital are they going to?"
"Bella. You need to get here now. The doctors won't tell me anything because I'm not family." I sobbed harder. Jasper grabbed the phone from me and pulled out of the school.
"Where are they? Okay, look. Ask for Carlisle Cullen. Chances are that he's treating Wyatt. Tell him that Bella and I are on the way. And we'll be there in twenty. Jasper. Okay, bye."
He handed me back the phone. I was just starting to calm down some.
"I'm sorry you had to deal with Emmett. I just can't think about losing him. He's everything to me," I said.
"I know. I'm trying not to think about losing her. She's my world."
We pulled into the hospital and ran into the ER. I saw Emmett and Rose talking to a short pixie like girl and a man with bronze hair.
"Emmett!" I shouted as Jasper shouted "Edward!" All four of them looked up and Edward walked away. Rose ran to me and threw her arms around me.
"They're both fine. Just some bumps and bruises. They are both stubborn. They want to stay together. They won't stop throwing tantrums. Edward went to get his father Carlisle," she explained to us. Jasper chuckled and Emmett walked up.
"I almost said he was my son. I was worried Bells." I laughed.
"Well, they'd believe that if you and Wyatt both flashed the million watt smile," I joked.
Just then, bronze hair, who I assumed was Edward, returned with a man with blonde hair. I looked at Rose and Emmett. They nodded toward the doctor.
"That's my father, Carlisle. Just relax." Jasper whispered into my ear.
"Jasper, Bella. They are fine. But I'm keeping them overnight. They need to be observed. They smacked their heads pretty bad. But we need you to go talk to them. They won't calm down. Their rooms are across the hall from each other, but they aren't content. Leave it to my son. I walked behind Carlisle and I could hear him yelling.
"I want Maddie!" I started to walk faster towards my son. At the same time, I heard a little girl yelling for Wyatt.
"Wyatt Luchesi Swan!" I exclaimed. He looked up with wide eyes.
"Madeline Annabel Whitlock!" I turned and saw Jasper scolding his own daughter. I smiled.
"I'm sorry, Mommy. I was worried about Maddie and no one would let me be with her," he said. I sat down in the chair.
"Wyatt, if you would have been patient and waited for me and Maddie's daddy to get here, we probably could have arranged something. What's my number one rule?" I asked.
"Tantrums get you nothing," he said looking at his feet.
"That's right. Now when Doctor Cullen comes in, you need to apologize. Then I'll have to talk to Jasper and we'll figure something out," I said.
"I see someone has calmed down," Doctor Cullen said from the doorway. I looked at Wyatt.
"I'm sorry, Doctor Carlisle. I was bad to throw a tantrum," he said.
"You were bad and threw a tantrum," I corrected.
"I was bad and threw a tantrum," Wyatt corrected. Doctor Cullen chuckled.
"It's okay. Bella can I speak to you in the hall?"
I nodded and followed him. He stepped into Maddie's room.
"Grandpa, Daddy says I have to apologize for my tantrum. But I was scared for Wyatt," she said. Again Carlisle chuckled. He then asked Jasper if he could talk to him in the hall. A few seconds later I was joined by the two men.
"We need to put them in a room for observation. Now, I was wondering if you wanted to put them in a room together or separately?" Carlisle asked.
I looked at Jasper. His eyes bored into mine and I nearly lost it. The color was a stormy gray.
"Together is fine. I really don't want to stress them out any more than they already are," Jasper said. I nodded in agreement.
"Do you know when they'll be moved?" I asked.
"Within the hour. And Miss Swan, I have some paperwork for you to fill out." I nodded.
Jasper walked back into Maddie's room and I walked into Wyatt's. Carlisle went to get the paperwork. It was then I realized I left everything in my room at school.
"Sh-nipers!" I yelled.
I caught myself before Wyatt could learn a new word. I heard Jasper chuckle across the hall. It was times like these I was glad Wyatt was as clumsy as I was. I had his insurance information memorized. Carlisle returned a second later.
"You wouldn't happen to have his insurance card, would you?" Carlisle asked.
"It should already be on file. We were here last week," I said rolling my eyes. Carlisle laughed.
"Boys will be boys," he said handing me the clip board. I filled out all the information from memory. Just as I was signing the bottom, there was a knock at the door.
"Come in," I said looking up.
It was Jasper. My heart fluttered.
"I was wondering if you needed to go back to school. In our rush to get out, I left all my stuff there," he said.
"That would be great. Give me a few minutes to square things away with his doctor, and have the chance to tell Wyatt our decision," I said.
Jasper nodded and turned to walk away. But Wyatt asked a question.
"Are you Maddie's daddy?"
"Yep. That would make you Wyatt." Wyatt nodded.
"Are you my new daddy?"
My eyes went wide. Jasper's jaw dropped and Carlisle started laughing.
"Wyatt Luchesi!" I said.
"I told you about that last night. Now, I have to go back to work for a few minutes. In a few minutes you'll be moved. I'll get Uncle Em to com stay with you until I come back." Wyatt's eyes started to water.
"How will you know where I am when you get back?"
"Doctor Carlisle is Maddie's grandpa. He'll know where Maddie is. And since you'll be sharing a room with Maddie, I'll know where you are." He nodded. I gave him a kiss and proised to be back as soon as I could. e got to the waiting room and all four of the others were still there.
"Alice, would you mind bringing Rose to school to get Bella's truck?" I stared at him for a minute.
"Are you sure?
"Yes. There's a lot that Bella and I need to talk about. Number one being the question I just heard. But there is a lot to talk about other than that." Rose nodded and Alice was smiling.
"Em, would you mind looking after your son? swear if it wasn't for the fact that we've never slept together, I'd swear he was yours." I asked. He laughed.
"What did he do this time?"
"Forgot to use his filter. Even after I gave him the answer last night."
"Fine, I'll watch him."
"Let me guess, little brother. You want me to watch Maddie?"
"Yep. She shouldn't be a handful. She's just antsy. But they're moving her," Jasper said.
Edward and Emmett nodded and headed to the kids while Jasper, Rose, Alice, And I went to Jasper's car. Alice and Rose sat in the back, while Jasper and I rode in the front. The silence in the car was deafening.
"Okay, one of you say something. This silence shit is annoying." I laughed at Rose's crass nature.
"Care to explain your son?" Jasper said glaring at me.
"I think you should consider asking your daughter. She gave him the idea," I said.
I would not take the fault.
"Why would Maddie plant that idea in his head?"
"What are you two talking about?" Alice shouted.
"Wyatt asked if I was his new daddy," Jasper said. Alice's eyes went wide and Rose was snickering.
"Yesterday at daycare the kids were talking. Apparently, Wyatt told Maddie he didn't have a daddy. So Maddie offered to share Jasper. Then Maddie told Wyatt she doesn't have a mommy, and Wyatt offered to share me. When he told me about it, I said that wasn't how it worked." Rose was full on laughing and Alice had a grin on her face.
"No. Alice, I can see the wheels turning. Absolutely not!" Jasper said. Rose had the same look.
"Rose. Quit. Stop planning. Oh! And make yourself useful. Call Charlie and tell him what happened. Tell him I'll bring Wyatt down tomorrow after he gets out of the hospital," I said. Rose nodded and then smiled.
"Jazz, are you still giving Maddie to Mom and Dad for the week?" Alice asked. This was getting into dangerous territory fast.
"I don't know. I'll have to talk to Mom and Dad about it," he said as we pulled into the parking lot. It was around noon so the students were still here.
"Rose, come with me and help me with my stuff?" I asked.
Then it clicked. My class would be back from lunch. I'd have a few questions to answer. I shrugged it off and walked up to my classroom. I could hear the chattering going on inside. But it was so much louder than it should have been. I knocked on the door and Kim answered.
"Miss Swan! Are you back for good?"
"No unfortunately in my rush out earlier, I left everything here. Wyatt and Maddie were being moved into a private room, so Jasper and I took a break to come back and get our stuff."
Kim was a history teacher. She was a friend of mine from the reservation back home.
"Bells, would you mind getting your students settled? They just won't calm down." I nodded and walked in. Rose followed behind. The entire room went quiet.
"I didn't intend this. I had Monday's lesson all planned out. But, I'm going to have to reschedule. Go out and get the first book on your list. For those of you that can't remember, it's Wuthering Heights. I want the first ten chapters read by Monday. In addition, I want chapter summaries for each chapter. It's not optional. You don't turn in the assignment on Monday, then it's detention on Tuesday. I know who's here or not, so there is no excuse except illness or death. And if you consider ditching, I suggest you find a friend and have them bring it to me. If there is a serious illness or death, have your parents call my cell. I'm not taking your word for it," I said. The entire class started complaining. I opened my mouth but Rose beat me to the punch.
"You are seventeen and eighteen years old. I expect you to act like adults and take responsibility for your actions."
Just then there was a knock at the door. Rose answered it while I gathered my stuff.
"Bella, are you ready?" Jasper asked. The entire class began snickering.
"One minute Jasper. And to you guys. Do not make me add to your assignment. I'm not afraid to add another five chapters," I said. Everyone got quiet.
"Thanks Bells," Kim said.
"If they get out of control again. Don't hesitate to add the five chapters. And leave a note for the next teacher to not be afraid to do it to that class either," I said as I walked out. I closed the door and sighed.
"I take it your kids are taking advantage of the situation?" Jasper asked.
"Yep. I think I got my point across though. They'll be pissed to have to read ten chapters, and I'm positive most will Spark Notes the story, so I'll have a pop quiz ready for them and the next class just in case," I said.
"How are the kids?" My head whipped around to see Seth approaching.
"They're fine. Bumps and bruises, but they're being held overnight," Jasper said.
I sighed. I was already tired of being away from my son. I just looked out the doors.
"Like I said, call me if you need anything," Seth said. We both nodded our heads. We continued out to his car. Rose was waiting with my sneakers. I wrapped my arms around her.
"Alice said that she's going to burn them after you and him get together." I pulled away and gave her the look.
"Don't you or Alice start. Not tonight," I said. Rose looked shocked.
"Bella, you've been -" I cut her off.
"Rose, my son is in the hospital. And it's his father's birthday. So if you don't mind, I'd rather we didn't talk about my love life," I said as I took my boots off. I climbed into Jasper's truck barefoot and started crying. Jasper climbed in a minute later.
"Are you okay?"
"Um, yeah. Just give me a second." My tears had stopped and I was starting to calm down.
"So if you don't mind me asking, where's Wyatt's dad?" He asked. I wasn't ready to talk about James. Not when I was going back to Wyatt.
"I'll tell you when the kids are asleep. But I'll tell you this much. You know the Fall Out Boy song, The Take Over, The Breaks Over?" He nodded. "Well, they were wrong."
"Three days after Maddie was born Maria left. I got the divorce papers a week later," he said. He sounded distant, so I brought up the one thing to make him happy. I didn't know much about him, but I knew I hated to see him upset.
"Madeline Annabel?" I asked. Jasper chuckled.
"Wyatt Luchesi?" He questioned right back. I smiled.
"I'm an English teacher. It was probably that I would give my child a great literary name. But I'm surprised you named her after Poe women," I said.
"Fall of the House of Usher and Annabel Lee are my favorite works by Poe," Jasper said. I understood.
"I feel the same way about The Oblong Box and The Cask of Amontillado. Everyone likes the normal Poe stuff. I just wanted something different." I shrugged. He nodded.
"I hope you don't mind stopping. I want to grab a change of clothes for Maddie and me. Plus, I need to take care of Shadow."
"Who is Shadow?" I asked. I thought it was cute that Jasper let Maddie keep a pet.
"Shadow is Maddie's dog. He's two, but acts like a puppy," he said as we pulled up to the house. It was huge. And there was so much land. I smiled. I walked in and was greeted by a large black dog. I took a step back and walked into Jasper. He chuckled.
"What kind of dog is he?" I asked. At the same time, he jumped up and was standing with his front paws on my shoulders. I gasped at how big he was.
"He's a Newfoundland. Shadow down!" Jasper scolded. He went back to being on all fours and sat right besides where I stood. Jasper looked at the dog and back at me like he was in shock.
"He's a little big for her don't you think?" I was worried about Maddie getting hurt. Jasper walked into the kitchen and I followed. Shadow walked next to me.
"We got him as a puppy. So he grew up around Maddie. He's given her a couple of bruises, but he's more aware now that he's bigger than she is." Jasper opened the back door and Shadow looked up at me. I nodded my head and he ran outside. I smiled.
"He's such a sweetheart," I said.
"He's not like that normally. He mostly hates women. It took him three months to warm up to Alice. Then last year Maria showed up and Shadow played guard dog to Maddie. He wouldn't let Maria near the room Maddie was in. I was grateful he loved her so much," he said staring out the door.
Shadow trotted back in the house and walked around the downstairs. Then he went upstairs. Jasper filled his food bowl and water bowl. We walked upstairs and Shadow was pawing at one of the doors.
"What's he doing?" I questioned. He looked at the dog and the dog looked at him.
"Looking for Maddie. He knows if I'm home, then she's home," he looked at the dog. "Sorry buddy. Maddie isn't here." Shadow looked at Jasper and growled.
"What's wrong?" Jasper was standing in front of me now.
"Shadow. Cool it. She'll be back tomorrow. But it might be you and me all week," Jasper said. Shadow huffed and laid in front of the door.
Jasper shook his head and went into his room. I followed him in and sat on the foot of the bed. Jasper chuckled and left the room. He came back a second later with a bag from Maddie's room. At least, I assumed it was from Maddie's room. He pulled some stuff out of his dresser and then pulled a shirt out of the closet. Then he went into his closet and walked out with a smaller bag. The smaller bag got put into the little bag and walked out of the room. I followed and shut the door behind me. Shadow stood up and walked with me down the stairs.
Jasper did a quick run through of the house before leading me back out the front. He quickly locked the doors and we made our way to the truck. He opened my door and I climbed in. He gently shut my door, and then put the bags in the back. He jumped into the drivers side and started the car.
"Thank you for sending Ben to get me. I don't think I ever said thank you," he said as he pulled away.
"Well, I took a chance on that. This morning Ben and I were talking about the lesson I had planned. He mentioned you had a daughter named Maddie. I assumed it was you. When Emmett called and said Edward had no way of getting a hold of you, I took matters into my own hands. There was no other option in my mind," I said.
We were back at the hospital a few minutes later. We got to the room and the kids were playing cards in one of their beds. After a while, Emmett, Rose, Edward, and Alice left. Then a few hour later, Carlisle told us it was okay for the ids to go to sleep. They, of course, demanded to fall asleep in the same bed.
"So what happened to his father?" After an hour of silence, this is the subject he brings up? I took a deep breath.
"James and I were high school sweethearts. Everyone knew we would end up married. So we did. The summer between our junior and senior year of college. I was about to turn twenty one. We weren't trying for kids. So when I found out I was pregnant, I freaked out. I scheduled a doctors appoint just to check. The doctor confirmed it. When I finally got home, I found him dead. He swallowed every pill that was in the house. He left a note pleading that I not blame myself. I did, of course. But after a month, I pulled it together for me and Wyatt. I had no other choice. Today would have been James's birthday," I said.
I could feel the tears coming down, but I made no noise. Jasper must have seen the tears, because I was in his arms clinging to them for dear life. He picked me up and gently laid me in the spare hospital bed. I must have asked him to stay, because the last thing I remember is him telling me he wouldn't leave me until I told him to. I fell asleep after he placed a kiss on the top of my head.
AN: Chapter titles come from songs, which is not unusual for me. The story will mostly be in BPOV unless I say otherwise. This also means I am off hiatus. Look for me to start updating my other stories now. So hit the green button and tell me what you think. And FYI: Outfits are up on Polyvore, I'll have the link on my profile.