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"Daddy" I heard a soft whisper followed by a poking to my forehead. I opened my eyes to find my daughter standing over me. Peaking over at the nightstand, it read only 2:00 am.
"What's wrong squirt?" I asked sitting up sleepily.
"I'm hungry" she rubbing her stomach. To help prove her point, her stomach growled. LOUD. I looked over to see if Bella was still asleep. She was out like a light.
Renesmee wasn't like your average five year old girl. She was a tomboy, and quick to correct you if you called her princess. She like to watch football with me and my brother Emmett, and was currently collecting Transformer action figures. Not to mention she had inherited my appetite. Her twin brother Anthony was the exact opposite. He was terrified of bugs, hated sports, and his favorite show was currently Hannah Montana. I was little concerned, but just assumed both were just going through a faze.
I stretched, getting out of bed before walking down the hall towards the stairs. I peaked into Anthony's room to make sure he wasn't lying half way out of his bed. My little guy had to be laying in some sort of yoga position, but other than that looked okay. I chuckled, making my way into the kitchen with Renesmee in tow.
"What do you want to eat squirt?" I asked looking down at her.
"Umm... a hot dog" she answer as she climbed on top of the counter.
I nodded, pulling four out of the package. Since I was up, I might as well have a early morning snack. Two for her and two for me.
I walked over to the counte, pulling her into my arms, and sat down in one of the counters chairs. "You know, we can't make this a habit" I told her through a yawn.
"It's not" she protested rubbing her eye.
"It is" I said tickling her. Her adorable laughter filled the room.
"It's not daddy" she said as her giggles subsided.
"This is the fourth time this week we've been up eating hot dogs at two in the morning" I told her as she leaned against my chest. She shrugged. The microwave rang, signaling that out food was ready. I stood up, putting her back down in the chair while I put our food together.
I brought her plate over to her and sat in the chair next to hers. We both ate in silence, and by the time we were done she declared she was sleepy again. I threw our things away and picked her up, carrying her back to her room.
"Goodnight daddy... love you" she said as I tucked her in. The girly side of herself liked to show when she was tired.
"Goodnight baby" I said kissing her forehead. She must have been too tired to protest, because she didn't respond. I quietly slipped out her door and back to my room.
I slid into the covers and pulled my wife into my arms. "Where did you go?" Bella asked sleepily.
"I was a hungry" I said gently kissing the back of her neck.
"Renesmee huh? She's just like you" Bella said turning around to face me.
"Yeah" I said kissing my wife's lips once before drifting back to sleep...
Getting everybody ready in the morning is always a very hectic experience. We have to fix breakfast, pack lunches, walk our weenie dog Mozart, dress the kids, and then be off to work and school all before eight o'clock. Luckily the Cullen family has mastered this routine.
"Anthony did you brush your teeth?" Bella called while she scrambled some eggs.
"Yep!" he yelled back from his bathroom.
"Daddy can I go with you to walk Mozart?" Renesmee asked me.
"You haven't finished getting ready" I said as I tryed to get Mozart's leash around his neck. Every time I bent down to connect the leash to his collar, he would jump up and lick my face like I was his favorite flavored dog treat. Renesmee held him down while I clicked his leash together.
"Thank you" I said standing up.
"Can I?" she asked again. She was giving me her puppy face. She had Bella's chocolate brown eyes and it was easy to be persuaded by them.
"Sure" I answered watching her smile.
"Edward!" Bella scolded.
"Right. No Renesmee. You didn't get ready on time so you are going to have to stay here this morning" I tried in my fatherly voice.
"But-" she protested.
"No buts. Now go get dressed" I said sternly. She frowned at me, sticking out her bottom lip. I mimicked her face right back. She huffed before stomping towards her room to get dressed.
"Can I come daddy?" Anthony asked as he walked into the kitchen.
"Are you all done getting ready?" I asked looking him over.
"Yep" he said with a smile. He had inherited my crooked smile, hair, and eyes. We looked exactly a like, and Bella and I agreed that he was going to be a ladies man when he grew up. But that was a long time from now.
"Alright. Let's go." We walked out the door to the driveway. As soon as we were outside, Mozart began to bark like crazy. "Hush Mozart! Some people are still sleeping" I told him.
"Why is he barking?" Anthony asked.
"I think it's because little dogs like to make themselves seem though to make up for their size" I answered as we walked down the sidewalk. We walked in comfortable silence. Well not total silence because Mozart barked at everything he saw. Birds, mailboxes, frogs, and even the cars parked on our street.
"Cullen, shut your dog up or I'll give him something to bark about!" our always grouchy neighbor yelled at us from his porch.
"He barks when he senses evil is near" I grumbled back. Mr. Uley was about 87 years old, and hated everybody, especially our dog. Everyday we went through the same routine about the barking. He use to be somewhat nicer when his wife was still alive, but when she passed a few years ago, he became sour.
"Stupid young people... don't know nothin' about respecting the peace" he muttered before walking back into his house.
"Uncle Em says that Mozart drinks to much doggy beer and that's why he is always loud" Anthony told me as we rounded the corner.
I chuckled. "Uncle Emmett isn't the brightest crayon in the box Anthony."
"I know that" Anthony said looking up at me. "Yellow is." I laughed at his innocence and got a confused look in return. Mozart finally did his business, so we walked the short distance back home to eat breakfast.
"Mommy, we're back" Anthony announced as he ran into the kitchen.
"I'm glad my boys are back" she said kissing his forehead.
"What about me" I asked playfully as I took Mozart's leash off. She smiled before walking over and kissing me gently on the lips. "That's all I get?" I teased her.
"For now" she whispered in my ear before giving me one more kiss on the cheek.
"Eww" we heard the squeals of our twins. They were covering their eyes, but peaking at out at the same time.
"Daddy you're going to get cooties" Anthony told me.
"Mommy doesn't have cooties" Renesmee snapped at him.
"All girls have cooties stupid" Anthony snapped back.
"I don't have cooties dummy" she said as she pushed him. He pushed her back and she tumbled to the floor.
"Hey you two, calm down" I said picking Renesmee up and sitting her on the counter. Another thing about them, they were constantly fighting lately. Renesmee was the oldest, but Anthony was still a little bigger than her so I always worried she would end up getting hurt. "Anthony, I don't ever want to see you pushing or hitting a girl again. Now both of you tell each other sorry."
"Sorry" Anthony mumbled and looked down at the floor.
"I'm not saying sorry" Renesmee said crossing her arms.
"Renesmee" Bella warned. "Do as your father says."
"Nope" she said popping the p.
"Fine. You're in time out when you get home this evening" Bella said putting the eggs and toast on some plates, before walking over to put them on the kitchen table. Renesmee shrugged her shoulder.
I sighed as I put her down. We all walked over to the table and sat in out usual spots. Bella and I would sit at one end, and Anthony and Renesmee on our left and right.
"Mommy, how many more days of school are left" Anthony asked as he sipped his apple juice.
"Nine. Then you and Renesmee get to stay at home for two months with me. Doesn't that sound fun?" Bella asked enthusiastically. She was a kindergarten teacher, so she got to have a summer break. I was a pediatrician so I didn't. But I wasn't upset, I loved my job. I loved kids, they made my day. And I remembered being so excited when Bella found she was pregnant.
"I don't wanna to miss school" he answered as he pushed his food back and forth on his plate.
"Don't play with your food" I reminded him. He sighed and dropped his fork. Anthony always picked over his food. It would take a miracle to get him to eat even a quarter of the food we gave him.
"I'm done" he said putting his head down at the table.
"You haven't started."
"Can I have your toast?" Renesmee asked with a mouth full a eggs. He nodded.
Bella gave me a concerned look across the table. "He's fine" I mouthed to her. I had checked Anthony many times to see if he had some sort of medical problems that connected to his eating habits. All my test came back negative. He wasn't to skinny or heavy, and seemed to have plenty of energy. I figured he would eat when he was hungry.
I looked down at my watch and noticed the time. 7:59. Shit! We were going to be late.
"Come on you two" Bella said as she gathered the twins and ushered them toward the garage. I quickly tossed the dishes in the dishwasher and grabbed my briefcase before running out the door after them.
"Bye daddy" Renesmee called through the window of Bella's car.
"Bye squirt" I said as I kissed her forehead. "Bye Anthony."
"See ya!" I called as he played with the strap of his booster seat.
"Bye baby" I said kissing Bella's lips before she climbed into her car.
I climbed into my Hummer and put it in reverse. I hated not being able to take the kids to school, but I had a early morning meeting at eight twenty. I sped down the driveway and into the street.
I pulled onto the main rode. Traffic was slow because of a wreck, so I pulled off onto the freeway. It wasn't nearly as crowded this morning and I was able to go up to 70mph.
I sighed contently. It looked as though I was actually going to make it. And I did. I walked into the meeting room at eight nineteen on the dot. Perfect timing.
I sat in the empty seat next to my bud James.
"You're actually on time" James seemed a bit surpirsed.
"Who are you tellin'. For a minute, I didn't think I was going to make it."
"I guess it is hard having kids."
"Yeah. But I love it" I said happily. "Teaching them different things, watching cartoons early on Saturdays. Man James, I have the best life ever."
"I couldn't do it" James said shaking his head.
"You didn't mention sex at all" he shuddered.
"Bella and I have sex" I defended. 'Just not lately'
"But not everyday."
"We didn't have sex everyday even before the twins were born."
"I have to have sex everyday" James said seriously.
"You and I both know you've only had sex twice in your life, and they were both hookers. And quite frankly, I don't think watching porn qualifies as having sex" I whispered so the other nurses wouldn't hear.
"My rule is as long as you cum it counts" he said nonchalantly.
"You're so gross" I chuckled quietly. Just then our boss walked in to begin the meeting.
"Good morning crew. I called this meeting to inform everybody that this is flu season, and we are expecting twice as many flu reports with H1N1 spreading around. Now the signs include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. If you see these signs, I want to prescribe an antibiotic immediately. But be careful, this flu is very contagious. With the economy the way it is, people won't hesitate to sue for a little extra cash."
This went on and on for about 15 minutes. "Also, I just wanted everyone to know that we will be having a new nurse hear at Kids Clinic today. Her name is Tanya, and she just moved her from Chicago." His eyes snapped to me. "Cullen you're from Chicago right?"
"I was born there, but I grew up here" I said sitting up.
"So that's a yes."
"Um... kinda. I've only spent my summers there." The boss was a complete dick and didn't care to hear explainations. He owned the clinic, so things went by his rules on the days he was here. He seemed to have a bit more patiences for the doctors. The nurses were lucky if he even acknowledged them.
"You're going to show Tanya around for the time being."
"Yes sir" I said nodding. Truth be told I didn't want to be showing around some old woman all day, but I didn't have a choice.
After the meeting was over everyone stood up to leave the room.
"Man you are so lucky" James muttered to me.
"Have you seen Tanya? She is by far the single most sexiest woman on earth and you get to get to be her mentor for a week." I wasn't really to listening to James. We had very different taste in women.
"I know that you have a hard time catching on, but I'm married" I said holding up my ring finger.
"So. Once you see this chick you'll understand."
"So, no woman could ever compare to Bella."
"You'll see" James said nudging me in the ribs as he walked out.
I shook my head walked to one of the patient's rooms. I read file. It was a little boy who had a history of chronic throat pains.
"Good morning" I said putting on my biggest smile.
"Hi. I'm Mrs. Tuckwhiler" a woman said, thrusting her hand into my. I liked to minimize touching unless it was absolutely necessay. "Say hello Nigel" she said, her eyes never leaving me.
Nigel did looked miserable. He never answered.
"Does it hurt to talk?" I asked him as I got everything situated. "If it does, then nod yes or no."
He nodded slowly.
"Let's take a look shall we?" I said pulling up my rolling chair to sit in front of him. I checked his vitals and then told him to lean back so I could look at the inside of his throat. It looked raw and his tonsils were severely swollen. I wrote this down on in his patient file. "Do you have any problems with your tonsils?"
"Do you know what they are?"
He shook his head no.
"Well, they are two clumps of tissue, on either side of the throat, embedded in a pocket at the side of the palate or the roof of you mouth" I said pointing towards the outside of my throat to show him where they would be. He peered in my mouth curiously.
"Mine hurt" he rasped out.
"Those are just your allergies Nigel. You're always making things up" his mother scolded him.
Poor kid. His mom seemed like a total bitch. I had to stand up for him. "Actually ma'am. Just looking at his tonsils, I would say that they need to be removed."
"What?" she gasped. Her hand flew to her throat.
"Nigel's tonsils are inflamed. From the looks of it Nigel might even have a throat infection."
"All he said was that your throat was hurting" she looked embarrassed.
"A common signs of tonsillitis are ear infections and pain. His tonsils do however need to be removed immediately. I can schedule him a surgery time at Seattles Children Hospital" I said standing up after I finished writing everything down.
"Yes. Thank you" she said in a frazzled voice.
I shook her hand once more then exited the room. I loved my job, but hated when parents treated their children like she did.
"Dr. Cullen?" a females voice called me pulling me out of my daze.
"Yes-" I said looking up to see a gorgeous blonde smiling up at me. At first I thought that maybe she was a lost parent, but she looked too young to have kids.
"I'm Tanya" she said sticking her hand out to me.
What the fuck!
"N-nice to meet you?" It came out more like a question. James walked by and gave me a thumbs up. I'm pretty sure my face was beet red. Tanya gave me a confused look.
"Is something wrong?" she asked in almost a baby voice.
"Umm... no! I-I was just thinking about...stuff" I grounded out. Man could I sound like a bigger idiots.
"Okay... I think we have an appoint in a few minutes" she said as she tucked a piece a of hair behind her ear.
"Right, this way" I said pointing towards the next room. She gave me an awkward smile and followed me.
"So what's the schedule around here" she asked.
"I have this last appointment then it's lunch time since the meeting took up most of the morning. After that I leave and the other two doctors take over for me and Dr. James."
She smiled. "So you get have the whole evening to yourself. You must have some bachelor pad" she playfully teased me.
I chuckled. "Actually, my wife and kids usually get home a few minutes before I arrive."
The smile on her face fell. "You're married?" I frowned at her reaction, but nodded. "And have kids?" I nodded again. I couldn't help but wonder what she was getting at. "How many?"
"Two" I answered.
"Do you have any pictures of them?" I nodded, and then pulled out my wallet. There were three pictures inside. One of mine and Bella's wedding day, one of the twins as newborns, and one of the twins now. "They're adorable. What are their names?"
"That's my wife Bella, and our twins Renesmee and Anthony." I answered proudly.
"Renesmee? That's original" I thought I heard her mumble under her breath.
"What was that?" I asked surprised.
She looked up quickly. "Nothing. I was just saying how much they looked like you."
"I think they look like their mom" I said looking at how beautiful Bella looked on our wedding day.
"No, they look adorably cute." I smiled at her complement. "Just like their dad" she said before winking at me and walking into the next patient's room.
I was worried that Tanya's little comment meant more than just a compliment, but all during our appointment she kept her distance. And during lunch she sat with some other female nurses while James and I left.
"I told you Blondie's a hottie" James said with a smug smirk.
"She nice looking, but she is not my type. Not to mention I'm married" I said as we walked to the parking lot.
"What ever you say bro" he smiled as I got into my car. "But I think your dick says something else." My eyes snapped down to make sure I wasn't sporting a boner. I wasn't. That fucktard.
"Gotcha!" he laughed.
I flicked him off before pulling out of the lot. How in the world he became a children's doctor is beyond me.
As I drove home my body began to relax as the stress of today floated away. All I wanted was to get home to my wife and kids.
When I pulled into our driveway I saw Bella's car already in the garage and Anthony sitting on the front porch coloring with Mozart lying lazily beside him.
"Hi daddy" he said looking up at me front his spot as I got out the door. He was coloring a Barbie coloring page. I felt my eye twitch.
"Hey buddy. Mozart" I said looking over at our dog. He perked his ear up but didn't move. "What's wrong with him?"
"I don't know. Maybe he ran out of doggy beer" he answered as he continued to color. I stepped over him and continued my way in the house.
I heard Bella talking on the phone and saw Renesmee sitting on the counter top watching her.
"Bella?" I asked. She turned around and I saw that she was on the phone. She held up her finger to signal to give her a minute before she hung up. "What's going on?" She took a deep breath.
"Just a parent who thinks that her son is a perfect angle, when really he's the devil" she said rubbing her temple.
"Sounds like our kids" I teased.
"Edward I'm not in a playful mood."
"Mommy can I go play now?" Renesmee asked impatiently.
"Go outside with Anthony" I said waving her off. Bella still look frustrated. "Why don't we go sit down. I know you want to talk about something."
We walked to the living room and she curled against my side on the couch. She was quiet and I didn't want to rush her.
"I guess there's no easy way to say this" she said after a few minutes.
"Im in no rush-"
"I want another one!" she blurted out, cutting me off.
"Another what?" I asked stupidly.
"A baby..." she said looking up at me.
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