Last chapter. It's sad, no? I loved writing this story and the first one, 'Painted' as well. Thanks for sticking with me through both of them and through the little delays we've had along the way. I really appreciate your reviews and support, so thank you for that as well. It always means a lot to have such supportive, wonderful readers. As of right now the story has 188 reviews. Do you think we could make it 200 for the very last chapter?
Also, I have a short story posted. It's a sad, tearjerker three-shot called 'Toujours' and I just completed all of the three chapters today. If you happen to have the time, please go and check that one out and leave a review telling me what you thought!
"No, wait." I stopped Esme, putting my hand on her shoulder. "Bella…she needs to see them." I said determinedly, looking over my shoulder for a nurse. I walked over to the first one I saw, dressed in bright pink scrubs adorned with cartoon characters. "Excuse me, miss, but my son and daughter," I gestured towards the glass wall "are in there. Is there any way they could be wheeled into my wife's room, even if it's just for a few minutes?"
The nurse looked confused for a moment but nodded. "Yes, sir. Are they on ventilators?"
"Yes. And they're being incubated." I explained.
"Just come with me." The nurse said with a friendly smile, and I grinned over at Esme and Carlisle and Gavin, giving them a thumbs up. Gavin returned the gesture excitedly, making me laugh. After the nurse and I ironed out some things, Esme and Gavin and I walked into Bella's hospital room along with two nurses, pushing Colby and Aidan along. Bella sat up immediately, wincing slightly due to her stitches but still smiling through the pain.
"We'll come up later to bring them back to the NICU." The nurse said kindly, and then she and the other nurse quietly left the room, closing the door behind him.
Bella's eyes were filled with tears as she examined our brand new, tiny, perfect son and daughter. She touched her hands up against the thin wall between her and Colby, and a few tears slid down her pale cheeks. "Thanks." She whispered, glancing up at me. I smiled back at her and kissed the top of her head as I sat down on the bed next to her. "Come here, baby." Bella murmured, and Esme quickly situated Gavin on the bed next to Bella.
"They're beautiful babies, Bella. Congratulations." Esme said kindly, and leaned over to give Bella a big hug. "I already told Edward, but I love their names. Original and perfectly suited to them." She said, proudly looking down at her two newest grandchildren. "Just like Gavin." She added gently touching my oldest son's pudgy cheek.
"Thank you." Bella said warmly, a little brightness returning to her beautiful brown eyes. "And they are beautiful, aren't they? She added with a sigh. "I just wish I could hold them."
"I know, B." I said, stroking her soft brown hair. "But when we get the all clear, your arms will be the first ones to hold them." I promised. "And then me, of course." I added, and both Esme and Bella chuckled softly. We all sat there for about ten minutes, talking quietly and admiring the twins. After a little while, though, I decided that the five of us would need a little family time. "Mom, would you mind excusing us for just a little while?" I asked, and Esme quickly obliged, kissing Bella and Gavin and I each on the forehead before hurrying out of the hospital room to find Carlisle and my brothers.
Gavin was dozing off next to Bella, leaning his head against her arm. Bella was lazily running her fingers through his short hair, her eyes focused on the twins. Eventually, she turned to me and smiled. "How are you going to fit their names?" She asked curiously, touching my chest through my shirt; in the spot where I had her and Gavin's names tattooed above my heart.
"They'll fit." I assured Bella, placing my hand atop of hers. "They'll just have to be a little smaller, that's all. I'll have Emmet do them for me when I go back to work. And I'll add them here, too." I said, pointing to the vine of ivy on my upper arm that already held my name, Bella's, and Gavin's. "What about you? Are you going to add their names to your collection of body art?"
Bella laughed, cupping my cheek with her small, warm hand. "Let's wait until the pain of the c-section wears off until I get another tattoo, okay?" She said lightly, and I laughed, leaning over and kissing her on the lips.
"I love you, B. With all my heart." I said honestly, and Bella smiled at me, her brown eyes dark and full of pure, blissful love.
"I love you, too." She murmured.
BPOV, Two Years Later:
I looked at my three sleepy children loving, touching each of their soft cheeks before cuddling back up against Edward's side. Gavin was closest to me, his face burrowed into my stomach with his arms wrapped tightly around my waist. Colby was smashed up behind him; her front pressed into his back. And Aidan was content on Edward's chest while Edward spooned against me.
The five of us were all lying in Edward and I's bed one lazy Saturday night, just before bedtime. I turned my head slightly and smiled up at Edward, kissing him gently on the lips before looking at my children again, taking them all in. Quietly, practically under my breath, I spoke. "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, As long as I'm living
my baby you'll be."
The end. It was a bit short, I know, but I accomplished what I wanted to convey in the story. I don't think there's a greater love than between a mother and her family.
Xoxo- Melodyella aka Mellie