AN: Welcome to my new story.
First off: To those of you who have read some of my work before, hi again! I've missed you all.
To those of you who were bored and thought my story would be interesting, thank you for giving me a chance!
Finally, I know the nanny story has been done before, but never quite like this...
Listening to: Coldplay - Yellow
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Chapter 1 – Beginning
I had become accustomed to being woken up this way every day for the past four years but that didn't stop the huge smile on my face from showing or the warm fuzzy feeling I got whenever these two children woke me up.
Whenever I decided to have children of my own I could only hope that they would be just like Kate and Masen.
Masen is now five years old and is probably the most adorable little boy I've ever seen. His hair is a light brown that glimmers with bronze streaks in the sunlight and is always in a complete mess no matter how long I brush it for. His eyes are the same shade of hazel-brown as his mothers but framed with a set of thick, black lashes. He's incredibly caring and loves anything to do with baseball or the outdoors.
Kate is quiet and introverted but won't hesitate to voice her opinions or make her demands. She turned twelve a few weeks ago and only has her mother's face shape; apart from that, you'd swear she was her grandparents, Carlisle and Esme's, child. Her hair is the same sandy blonde as her grandfather and she has the mint-green eyes of her grandmother. Dancing is her passion and she's been devoted to it since she could stand.
However, as much as I love these kids, it doesn't mean I have to like their mother…
Tanya Denali is the most self-absorbed, uncaring person I have ever come across. Whenever she did stay at home, which I assumed was due to her countless affairs, she would sleep in until she felt she was ready to get up which was usually around lunch time. I was so happy I was just the nanny and not the housekeeper. I'd only become the official nanny about three years ago when I'd finished high school and started studying Art at the University of Forks and received my bachelors degree, before that I had just been their babysitter. I've never met Tanya's husband but I had a vague idea of what he looks like and that he is the CEO of a major publishing company in Chicago. The reason why we'd never met was because he'd always buy his children plane tickets so they could visit him and always left Tanya the option of going too but she'd usually decline due to a fake acting audition that she 'couldn't possibly miss out on'. She wasn't famous or anything but she believed she was.
Masen jumped on me again, bringing me out of my reverie.
"Bellaaaaaa!" he stressed my name with his excitement. "It's my first day of big boy school today!"
I ruffled his hair. "I know, Mase. Now come on let's get you ready so we can actually get your sister to school on time for once." I smiled at the girl snuggled next to me.
"But Bella, I don't feel like school today." She whined jutting out her bottom lip.
I sighed. "Why?"
"I…I don't feel well." She lied, tucking her head into my shoulder.
I brushed her hair away from her face trying to check her temperature, "Hmm, well then if you're too sick for school then you're too sick for dancing. I guess I'll just have to call Alice and tell her you won't be coming for your dancing lessons today..."
Her eyes went wide and she immediately started to shake her head. "No. No, I'm feeling fine now."
"It's a miracle!" Masen crowed out of nowhere.
Kate jumped at the unexpected noise and then slapped her brother's arm. "Masen Anthony Cullen, you know you're not supposed to scare people! What happens if I had a heart condition?" she shrieked at him, always a little melodramatic. I noticed Masen's expression and began praying.
Oh god. No no no no no…don't cry, Masen. Please don't cry.
His bottom lip started quivering, reminding me of the way the ocean had been sucked back away from the shore before the Tsunami, and then the tears started streaming down his face as he wailed out loudly.
I picked him up into my arms, cradling him to my chest. "Shh." I soothed, tucking his head under my chin and rubbing his back. "She didn't mean to shout at you. Right, Kate?" Underneath his excited and outgoing exterior was an extremely sensitive little boy.
She gave me a frantic look, I silently told her with my eyes that she better apologize to him otherwise no one would be going anywhere today.
She touched his back lightly. "I'm sorry, Mase. I didn't mean it."
He took a few deep breaths before hesitantly looking at his sister. "Y-You promise?"
She nodded. "I'll even help you with your homework later if you get any on your first day."
"Thanks, Katie." He sniffled, tightening his hold on my neck.
She shrugged and then excused herself to get ready for school.
"Come on, little man. Let's get you dressed." I suggested, holding him tight to me as I got up.
"I'm not a 'little man' anymore, Bella." He told me very matter-of-factly as he played with my hair. "I'm going to big boy school today so I think 'man' is more appropriate."
I giggled and bounced him on my hip. "Sure thing, man."
He grinned with his small victory as we entered his baseball themed bedroom.
I helped him get dressed into his brand new school uniform, a pair of black pants, white collared short-sleeved shirt and a small dark blue tie. What they were thinking giving a five year old boy a tie - I had no idea.
He tried to tame his hair by running his fingers through it but that did more harm than good. I grabbed a brush and miraculously managed to tame some of his unruly locks.
It had been even more difficult than usual because he was practically vibrating with his excitement and belting his new song, titled 'It's my first day of school' at the top of his voice.
Once he was ready I took him downstairs for breakfast in the huge kitchen. Kate was already perched on a bar stool by the island eating a slice of toast, dressed in her school uniform with her long hair tied up into a ponytail.
I lifted Masen onto the counter and began digging through the pantry. Pop tarts? No, his poor teachers, Masen was enough to handle without the extra energy boost.
"Right, man. What would you like for breakfast?"
He puffed out his chest and spoke in a deep voice. "I would like a man's breakfast."
I pulled out his favorite cereal, a box of Lucky Charms for him to inspect. "Does this look like something a man could eat?"
He cocked his head to the side, narrowing his eyes quizzically as he decided. After a moment, his expression cleared and he smiled eagerly. "Yup!" he declared.
I grabbed all the necessary things and made his breakfast, sitting it next to Kate when I was done.
I sat with the kids as they ate their breakfast, chatting like we usually did. While we were talking about school, I saw Masen's skin tone change to a sickly green. He was probably nervous. I started telling jokes to distract him.
Masen was laughing loudly before a groan sounded from the doorway.
"God, could you fucking keep it down?" Tanya grumbled, her eyes bloodshot and smudged with black eyeliner from the night before.
Masen's smile dropped immediately and he quietly resumed eating his cereal. I could tell Kate was upset when she finally spoke up as Tanya made herself some coffee.
"Did you even know it's Masen's first day at school today?" her question came out more like a statement as we all knew the answer already.
Tanya remained quiet, her back to us as she sipped her coffee.
Kate pursed her lips, her expression hardening into fury. I stood up, cleaning up Masen's bowl and her plate, trying to stay out of the fight.
"Isabella," Tanya started, blowing off her daughter's question. "Ron is going to be taking the children to school today."
Masen's expression became even more disappointed, "But Tanya," I knew he hated calling her that but she refused to be called 'mom'. "I want Bella to walk in with me."
She turned to face us, actually addressing her child for once. "Nonsense, boy. You're old enough now; pretty soon we won't even need Isabella to look after you." She snarled the last part with a glare in my direction.
I felt my fingers twitch, wishing I could slap her. She knew how much I loved them. These kids were everything to me.
"If Bella goes - I'm going." Kate stated, her voice icy and final.
Masen felt the need to stand up on the island to emphasize himself. "I'm going too." He crossed his arms and nodded his head once.
I had to bite down on the inside of my bottom lip to prevent the smile tugging at the corners of my lips. At least I had my two favorite kids on my side. Before anybody could respond further the car pulled up and I handed them both their lunch I'd prepared last night.
Tanya left without another word and I walked with both of them to the front door, our hands all intertwined.
"Have a great day at school, sweetheart." I murmured to Kate, fixing a stray piece of her bangs behind her ear.
She hugged me tight before climbing into the dark car. I had to kneel down to hug her brother.
"Oh, my big boy." I said against his forehead as I kissed it. "Enjoy your first day. I'm sure you'll make lots of friends."
"I want you to come with me, Bella." He pleaded, unleashing his shameless puppy dog eyes.
I lifted him into the car, buckling him in. "You'll be fine and I'll be there to get you as soon as the home time bell goes, kay?"
He nodded and released his hold on my shirt. "Don't be late."
"Never. But, oh, wait." I ran inside and grabbed my cell phone from the kitchen.
"Smile." I told them, taking the picture when they did.
"Miss. Bella, we need to get going now." Ron informed me.
"Oh, sure. Bye kids, enjoy your day."
I stood outside and waved as they left, feeling very much like a father sending away his only daughter to college. Thank God it was only a half-day today; I felt it was a bit much for Masen on his first day of school to have such long hours. The over-protectiveness was understandable in this circumstance.
I had practically raised Kate and I had raised Masen. He wasn't even one year old when I started babysitting them. I was the one who had taught him to talk, walk and had even potty-trained him. I had some help from the father, Edward Cullen's, side of the family of course, his sister Alice runs the dance studio Kate goes to and lives just down the street and then there's Carlisle and Esme who felt like they were my parents. Then there was his brother, Emmett. And I swear the quote 'never judge a book by its cover' was created for him, on the outside he appeared, strong, muscular and had a kind of bad boy image, but on the inside...let's just say he was about as fluffy as a marshmallow. The Cullen's were all amazing people and made me feel like part of the family. My mother and father live in Phoenix since they decided they want to be that old couple who retire and move to a place where the sun shines all the time.
I went back upstairs to my bedroom, made my bed before taking a shower and getting dressed. I wouldn't have much to do today since both kids were now at school. Usually I'd plan something fun with Masen while Kate was at school. So I was left with a big empty day filled with nothing. I took extra long putting on my makeup and blow-drying my hair, a luxury I wasn't used to having - usually it was just shower and dress.
"ISABELLA!" I heard Tanya screech from downstairs.
"Coming!" your majesty. I called back, fixing my bangs out my face before going downstairs back to the kitchen.
Tanya was seated on one of the bar stools by the island, flipping through the latest edition of Vogue. She quirked an eyebrow when she saw me.
"You called me?" I prompted, resisting the urge to roll my eyes.
She tossed the magazine to the side, completely disinterested. "I want you to go to the grocery store and find a magazine with me in."
Please. I added in silently. "Sure thing, anything else?" like pulling out that stick that's up your ass?
She shook her head no. "I'll call you if I think of something." She had a smug look on her face that made me realize the undercurrent of her words. What she really meant was 'I'll call you just as you arrive back and send you all the way back to the store'.
With a gracious smile, I obeyed her request and climbed into my black Dodge Caliber, I'd saved up a lot of money to afford this baby and it even had Masen's car seat in the back. I plugged in my iPod, flipping through the songs until I settled on 'Yellow' by Coldplay. The store wasn't too far away from the house so it only took me a couple of minutes to get there. Thankfully it hadn't rained today, a small blessing from the cloudy skies of Forks. The sun was even making an appearance, letting its golden rays shine through the mass of gray.
I shivered as I stepped out my car, making sure to lock it - I no longer trusted the police in Forks since my father had left.
I grabbed a basket, making sure to wipe it with the supplied sanitizers, and made my way to the magazine and candy aisle. It was empty besides a man wearing a cap and a pair of dark glasses browsing through the bars of chocolate. With a sigh, I began flipping through the various gossip magazines. I'd looked through three magazines before I found a small picture of her in the worst dressed section, I snorted out loud and shook my head. She wore a purple and yellow feather dress that had a crystal embellished neckline.
"I take it you're not a fan of hers." A velvety voice murmured from over my shoulder.
I jumped and dropped the magazine. "I…uh…"
He smiled crookedly and I recognized him to be the man who had been looking through the chocolate. "I'm sorry. I didn't mean to startle you." He bent down and picked up the magazine, placing it back in my still outstretched hands.
"T-thanks," I stuttered. I. Freaking. Stuttered.
He smirked at me. "No problem. So, why aren't you a fan of her?"
I frowned. "Who?"
He pointed to the picture of Tanya with a pale finger. "Tanya Denali."
Because she's a selfish cow that doesn't appreciate anything I do…like…I don't know…raising her children. I narrowed my eyes at him. "You aren't from the press are you?"
His bark of laughter startled me. "Nope, just a curious person."
Before I could respond, my phone started to ring. I smiled when I saw it was my best friend, Rosalie, and then turned back to the man, but he was no longer standing there. I frowned at the empty space before answering my phone.
"Good morning," I sang cheerfully.
She groaned. "Bella, how is it possible that you are so chipper this early in the morning even with two kids? I'm already on my second cup of coffee and I still can't wake up,"
"The kids are at school and now it's my duty to be Tanya's errand girl since I have the morning free."
"That isn't fair. You're paid to be the nanny,"
I shrugged even though she couldn't see me. "I don't mind, she just wanted some magazines."
"If I didn't know you loved those kids so much, I'd suggest you quit. I'd never be able to put up with her."
I sighed. "I've thought about it, but I just can't leave them. Anyway, how are things there?"
Rosalie had been my best friend since high school and had even attended the University of Forks with me. Once she had graduated she received a job offer as an assistant in Phoenix for some big magazine. My parents had offered for her to stay with them, but she had declined since she wanted to be able to support herself. Some say stupid, some say pride. I decided on pride since I knew her all too well.
"It's okay, I'd much rather be the one bossing people around rather than being bossed around, but hopefully I'll get my break soon."
"I know you will, Rose." I assured her, grabbing a packet of M&M's and tossing it in my basket. Really, I should be stopping myself from eating this junk. Maybe if I started eating healthier, my mother's thin as a rake genes would only hold out so long. Tomorrow. Yes, I'll start tomorrow.
She sighed. "Yeah, yeah. I miss you too, you know? It's hard. And if you say 'that's what she said', I'll book a flight down to Forks to slap you,"
I laughed. "Hey, don't threaten me like that. I may just do it..."
She laughed but it cut short."Oh shit, I have to go Bella, sorry, there's a staff meeting I completely forgot about,"
"Oh, okay," I tried to keep the disappointment out of my voice as I unpacked my items at the checkout, not paying attention to the cashier. I handed him the correct amount and started towards my car. "I'll talk to you soon."
"Bye." She chirped and the line went dead.
I glanced at the time at the clock beside my bed and grinned widely. It was finally time to go and get Masen and Kate. After giving Tanya her one magazine, I took refuge in my room upstairs and continued on an art piece I was working on. There wasn't really any rhyme or reason to it, just shapes and colors that I felt expressed my emotions at the time.
I grabbed my keys and cell phone, running out the house with a loud 'bye' before I practically jumped into my car and drove off towards the school.
The junior primary was in a separate building to the rest of the school, but, boy, was it big.
I parked my car next to a silver Volvo and walked up the stone pathway until I reached the front gates.
"Bella!" Maggie, a fellow nanny or child carer as I liked to be called, enthused as I approached. Maggie was twenty years older than me, making her forty-two, with flaming red hair, bright blue eyes and freckles covering every inch of her skin. She had a heavy Scottish accent that made my name sound like 'Bay la'.
"Hi, Mags." I greeted her.
"Masen's first day of school too, huh?" she guessed, her accent making her tone pick up in weird places.
"Yep," I sighed, running my fingers through my hair. "I've had no idea what to do with myself today."
She laughed heartily, "Enjoy it while you can, love. It's not always sunshine and butterflies."
A familiar voice from behind spoke up. "Sunshine and butterflies? What about alcohol?"
I turned around to see the same man from the grocery store, still wearing his dark shades and baseball cap.
I frowned at him. "Are you stalking me?"
He shook his head no. "Quite the contrary. I'm here to see my kids."
I quirked an eyebrow. "I'm impressed."
This confused him. "Why would that be?"
"You're sending your children to the most expensive and exclusive school in Washington and you don't have a nanny, I mean child carer."
"I actually have two children and I wasn't sure where the school was... I saw your car at the grocery store and saw you had a car seat, so I figured that you had kids so you'd know where the school was. I decided I'd follow you and-"
Was he serious? I cut him off, "You followed me?"
"Um, well...I assure you I'm not a-"
"Save it, buddy." I snapped. "You know where the school is now, so how 'bout we just say goodbye and carry on with the rest of our lives?" He opened his mouth to speak but I cut him off again. "Good. Bye now."
The school bell rang at that moment and Maggie followed after me as we moved closer to the gates.
"Siobhan was so nervous this mornin', couldn't keep her cheerios down. Only thing that made 'er feel better was knowin' that your Masen was goin' be here, too." Maggie said, she was the nanny to a little girl named Siobhan. She had white blond straight hair, hazel eyes and an incredibly introverted personality.
A thundering 'Bellaaaaaa!' echoed as my favorite little man ran down the stone stairs. His hair brushed back from his flushed face, sticking up in every direction as he ran. The backpack he was carrying fell to the ground, long forgotten, as he jumped into my arms.
"Hey there, buddy." I greeted him, hugging him tight to me as I lifted him up and rested him on my hip. "How was your first day?"
His hazel eyes lit up with excitement."It was so cool! I made three new friends!" he held up two fingers and shoved them in my face. I laughed at that because it was just too damn cute. "Peter, Tyler and...And oh, yeah, Seth! He has a puppy at home, his name's Jacob. Please can we go see him one day? I really want a dog. Do you think I could get one?"
I wondered whether he'd swapped his peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with one of his new friends for something soaked in sugar...Usually he wasn't this keyed up about anything.
I was snapped out of my minor reverie by a tap on my shoulder. I turned around to see the same fucktard from before. Okay, now I was sure he was either a crazy, obsessed stalker or he was just the stupidest guy on Earth for approaching me while I have Masen in my arms. That's like approaching a mama bear with her cub, you don't get too close.
"You again? Listen, mister. I don't know what your problem is, but if you care for your well being, I suggest you stay away from us."
He chuckled and I glared harder at him. "I don't think I'd be able, too. See..." He pulled off his baseball cap revealing a crop of disheveled bronze hair. A hair color I'd only ever seen in photographs…
He pulled off his dark shades to reveal the most piercing pair of green eyes I'd ever seen. Well, in truth, I had seen them before on Kate, but his were much darker and intense.
"Masen is my child." He finished with a rather smug look on his face.
I gulped audibly. Shit, this was Edward Cullen...
AN: So...how you like them apples?
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