*sad face* Here it is. The final chapter. I really hope you all enjoy it. I'll be starting a new story in about two weeks, I hope to see some (or all!) of you there!
Hearing a strange sound, Edward awoke from a deep sleep, his foggy brain having difficulty discerning where the peculiar sound was coming from. Figuring it was nothing of importance, he lay his head back down and allowed his eyes to droop closed.
The noise sounded again, only this time, Edward had no trouble in knowing where it came from. Panic overtook him, making his heart race triple time. He knew he was prone to overreacting, but he couldn't help but worry, alarm making his breaths come out in quick bursts.
Edward took a few deep breaths to calm himself, to clear his head before making a rash decision. These things happen. No big deal. He thought to himself. More calming breaths. No reason to be alarmed. Don't panic. Everything is okay. No big deal. Nope. Not a big deal at all. Go back to bed. Lie back down and stop hovering.
The bed once again vibrated from the loud intonation of the gurgling, the groaning.
Unable to take anymore, Edward sprung his body forward, sitting upright.
"Bella?" he blurted, shaking his lover from her sleep.
She didn't respond in the way he had hoped, for she didn't wake. Her only acknowledgment to his attempts were loud, heart-wrenching cries, her back arching off of the bed.
"Oh God! Bella, baby, please wake up!" This isn't good, it isn't healthy! He shook her with more fervor, desperate for her to wake up from this night terror. Her loud cries and pleas reverberated through his bones, spiking his anxiety to an all-time high.
Although this only happened sporadically, he knew it was to be expected. That fact didn't make this any easier on him.
Her head began thrashing violently, body writhing under the pillows, a sheen of sweat covering her body as her sounds intensified.
Edward shook Bella with all his might, yelling her name, his voice cracking with fear. He usually reveled in the fact that she was now such a heavy sleeper, for he was free to wake up and use the restroom without fear of rousing his beloved. He knew that her body desperately needed its rest. But now... now Edward despised it. He hated it for keeping her trapped in her mind, caged in her nightmares.
With one final jerk, Bella's eyes shot open.
Bella looked around the dark room, her heart thudding relentlessly in her chest. She began urgently looking around, arms extended, intent on finding her love in the blackness surrounding her.
"I'm here. I'm here."
Suddenly she was wrapped in Edward's arms and all was well again.
"I thought you were a dream," she choked. "You're really here."
Edward held Bella in his arms, her head resting on his chest as he rocked her, consoling and soothing her until her heart calmed to a steady beat. She took a deep breath and reached her lips to his stubbled jaw, kissing her favorite part of him.
"You scared me," he admitted, although his voice revealed that he was still worried.
"I'm sorry I woke up like that. I didn't mean to wake you."
"You didn't. Well, not then, anyway. I'd been up for a few minutes—you were making noises and it scared me."
Bella rolled her eyes at his absurdity. "Edward, I told you not to worry about my nightmares! Having weird ass dreams is normal, don't you listen to anything your mother, Rose and I tell you?"
"Of course I do, but I can't help myself. I wish there was something—anything I could do about it. I feel so helpless." He began softly rubbing the skin of her neck, her shoulder, her arm.
"Well, there's nothing you can do, so stop worrying about things that you have no control over."
"Are you going to write it down?" he prodded. "Don't want to forget anything for your dream book. It might come in handy for the next time."
Bella chuckled and shook her head. "No. I don't need to write it down. I don't think I'll ever forget that dream. It was so vivid. So real." A shudder jolted through her body as she remembered the strange dream she had just awoken from.
"Wanna tell me about it?"
"Um, I don't know. It was really weird."
Edward laughed bemusedly, kissing Bella on the top of her head. "It can't be weirder than the one where I was a sparkly 109-year-old vampire who fell in love with a human 17-year-old version of you..."
"I don't think it topped that one, but it's definitely up there."
"Well? Tell me."
"To make a long story short, I was single and lonely. Rose and Al made me go on blind dates and they were horrible—a guy addicted to jacking off, another with anger issues, and one was wanted by the FBI for being a drug lord. You get the picture.
"Anyway, you came into the picture and it was love at first sight. Really intense. I took you home and we were about to have sex when you told me you had a girlfriend. So we still saw each other even though you were in a relationship—"
"Wait, you still wanted to be with me even though I had someone? Whoa, that is weird."
"Shut up, it was a dream. Dreams don't have to make sense, Teddy. Anyway after a year you finally broke up with her—"
"You stayed with me for a year while I was involved with another woman?"
"Don't cut me off again or I'll knock you out so hard, when you wake up, your clothes'll be out of style."
He guffawed into her hair but stayed silent, nonetheless. He knew not to push his luck.
"So finally after a year, we had a chance to have sex. But you left me because you had to leave the country. Your grandma died. You came back and you fingered me in a public restroom. Then I sucked you off in the car. Then we had mind-blowing sex in my bed. The end."
"Mmmm, I like the mind-blowing sex part," he mumbled into Bella's neck, rubbing his now growing erection into her thigh.
Bella rolled her eyes. Out of everything she'd just said, the only part he remembered was their having sex. What a man. "Yeah. Too bad you aren't getting any. I need my sleep, since me and Al are going shopping tomorrow."
"You've done more shopping recently than you have in your entire life," he teased. "Why isn't Rose going?"
"She was put on bed rest. Since she had that scare, the doctors aren't taking any chances. Especially with triplets."
"Triplets. Can you imagine?" The look of horror on Edward's face didn't get past Bella and she inwardly rolled her eyes. Men can be such wimpy babies.
"Well, Rose'll definitely be getting her tubes tied after these little ones are born. She's pretty positive four will be more than enough."
"Will you and Alice be taking Lily shopping with you, or is Jas gonna be forced to watch her again?"
"Forced?! He's her father! Men are such assholes, acting like it's such a goddamn chore to watch your own kids! And then, when you do watch them for three whole minutes, you expect some kind of fucking award! Like you're gonna get a goddamn pat on the back and endless praise and adoration. Get over yourselves, fucking pricks! Women do that shit all damn day and get nothing—"
"Baby, I'm sorry. I didn't mean it like that."
Bella crossed her arms and poked her lip out, lying on the bed and rolling away from Edward. He lay down and cradled her, pulling her body into his.
"You know I didn't mean it like that," he went on. "I'm sorry."
Edward began kissing Bella's neck slowly while using his free hand to knead her back.
"Whatever. I'm over it. I'm hungry now."
Edward had the urge to remind her that she had just eaten not even a full four hours ago, damn near devouring a trough of food. But he bit his lip, knowing that his comparing her to a horse would not go over very well. Not at all.
"Taco Bell again?"
She turned in his arms and beamed at him, this act alone making his love for her grow even more than he thought possible.
"Yep. With extra sauce packets. Hot, not Fire. Fire is too hot for my sensitive taste buds."
"I know, baby." He kissed her slowly, adoringly, before lowering his face to his wife's protruding belly and placed a gentle kiss on the now moving bulge.
The sight of her husband kissing her baby bump made Bella glow with happiness. She couldn't stop the proud smile from cracking her face as she ran her fingers through his soft hair, committing this precious moment to memory.
"He always moves like crazy when he hears your voice near," she whispered softly, not wanting to ruin the moment.
Edward pressed his lips onto Bella's ever expanding skin while poking her adorably distended belly button. "You stop trying to bruise your mommy's ribs, little guy. I know you're super tough, but you gotta wait until you're out to beat people up."
Bella smacked his arm. "He's not beating anyone up, Edward Cullen!"
"Sure he is. He's gonna be a man's man."
Bella rolled her eyes for the millionth time. "Are you getting my food or what?"
"I was just having a conversation with my child, we're bonding."
"You can bond while I'm eating."
"Anything you want, my queen," he lilted. Before getting up, Edward placed kisses around the surface of his wife's belly, feeling immense love for the woman who was carrying his first child. He honestly couldn't be happier and wouldn't change a thing. Well, except for maybe the mood swings.
Although completely irrational, Edward peeked up at his wife's face to make sure she hadn't heard his last thought. The calm look on her face assured him that, no, she did not hear his thoughts. He smiled and breathed a sigh of relief.
"Is my face funny to you?"
"What? No! You're beautiful, baby."
"I'm fat and ugly. You're gonna cheat on me. I know it!"
"Baby, I'd never cheat on you. You're the love of my life and you've made me so happy over the years. Ever since high school, you remember?"
"Yeah..." She hiccupped.
"We were made for each other and I only have eyes for you. Always."
"Promise you won't go and have sex with some five-dollar hooker?"
Edward knew that laughing wouldn't help the situation, but a small one bubbled out of his lips before he could stop it and he quickly covered it up with a loud cough. So ridiculous, he thought before making sure she didn't hear his silent musings.
"I promise, love. You want an empanada, too?"
Her face lit up at the mention of food. "Yes! Get three of them, just in case."
He kissed her lips one last time, holding back a chuckle, before getting out of bed. As he put his clothes on and walked out of the door, he thought,
Yeah, I'd definitely change the mood swings.
So there we have it. The final chapter. It was all a dream! Hahaha! Aw, a nice, fluffy ending *happy face*
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