I had every intention of waiting to post this. Naturally, I couldn't help myself. I've also decided to not wait before starting my next story. It's already in the works. I can't promise when it will be up, but hopefully, it won't take too long. Just keep checking.
It had been a year since that fateful evening. The day after Edward woke up, he asked my father for permission to marry me. The day after that, he asked me to marry him and gave Ali and Rose exactly one month to plan our wedding, otherwise we were going to elope. The looks on their faces were priceless. I couldn't have been happier to become Mrs. Bella Masen.
The gate slid open, and I walked up to the front desk, checking my gun and signing the guest register. In addition to the wedding, I made a career decision as well. I became certified to work in law enforcement, but I also work as a counselor for domestic abuse cases. I think it helps the victims to know that they have a police officer on their side that truly understands what they are going through. My family supported my decision completely, knowing my reasons for doing so.
James was found guilty on three counts of attempted murder, two on me and one on Edward. He was also convicted of the sexual assault charges as well. He was now spending the rest of his life in a maximum security prison. I'm sure he was receiving in here what he gave to me. And, as twisted as that may sound, it pleased me to no end.
"Right this way, Officer Masen." I couldn't get enough of that. The guard led me to the visiting area, and I sat at the chair by the Plexiglas window. I didn't wait long.
I looked up to see James approaching. For a man who was always dressing in the latest style, nothing looked better on him than that neon orange color. He sat down and picked up the phone. I did the same.
"What do you want?" His eyes were void of any emotion. The last year must have been hard on him. Funny, the last year was great for me.
"I just wanted to tell you that you didn't break me. In spite of you, I managed to take control of my life and now I'm helping others like me. I'm happy now. And there's nothing you can do about it."
"You're still my bitch." Where that used to cause me to tremble in fear, I now felt nothing. In fact, it made me smile.
"No, honey." I looked over at the 300 pound man smiling at James. "You're his bitch."
With that, I hung up and walked away. "Guard, I'm ready." The guard let me out, and I went back to the front to collect my weapon. I made my way out to the parking lot.
Leaning against our police cruiser was my bronze haired hubby. He was giving me that crooked grin that always got my pulse racing. I walked into his arms and whispered, "Let's go home."
We walked through the door of our house and before it even shut, my legs were tackled. I reached down and petted the head of our German Sheppard, Jake. He was Edward's K-9 for work, but at home, he was just a big baby.
Edward had joined the K-9 unit not long after he got out of the hospital. We felt it would be better for him because Jake would be doing most of the hard work then.
I went in and sat on the couch, quickly joined by both Edward and Jake, one on either side. Edward put his arm around me while Jake put his head on my belly. He had become extremely possessive over the last nine months. He also loved to feel little Renee kick.
That's right. The doctors were wrong. I conceived not long after our wedding and was due anytime now. We were naming our little girl Elizabeth Renee, after both of our mothers.
I was just about asleep when a sharp pain woke me. "Edward. I think it's time." Both Edward and Jake sprang into action. Edward was trying to help me while Jake was trying to protect. If I hadn't been in so much pain, it would have been hilarious.
"Jake, down." He backed off. Sometimes I think he listened to me more than he did to Edward. Only at home though.
We made our way to the car, Edward calling everyone on the way. They were all excited when they learned that we would be having a baby.
We arrived at the hospital mere minutes later. Sometimes I think Edward and Ali went to the same driving school. He carried me in, not wanting me to walk. "My wife's having a baby!"
The nurses and doctors laughed. This is the same man who acted like losing a kidney was no big deal. Yet, his wife goes into labor, and you'd think the world was ending.
They quickly wheeled me into a delivery room, making Edward put on a gown. "Bella," Dr. Jones called to me. "Do you want the epidural? If so, we have to move quick. You're progressing much more quickly than we expected."
I nodded, the pain already becoming more than I could bear. The anesthesiologist came in and had me roll on my side so he could begin the medication. In no time, I was feeling the relief.
I settled back down, and Edward took my hand. "This is it, love. We'll be seeing our baby girl soon." He told me right after we found out about little Elizabeth that my mother mentioned grandchildren when she came to him.
The doctor came back an hour later and told me it was time to push. By that time, the whole family had collected in the waiting room, including my father. I had Esme on one side of me and Edward on the other. Both were holding a hand.
Dr. Jones got into position and checked me. "Now, Bella, when I say, I want you to push. Hold it for 10 counts. Now, push."
I could hear both Esme and Edward counting as I bared down as hard as I could. "Okay, relax, Bella."
I sat back, trying to catch my breath. "One more big push and this little girl will be here. She's moving real fast." Something in the doctor's voice alarmed me.
"Now, push." The counting started again. Moments later, I heard the most wonderful sound. My baby crying.
The doctor passed Lizzie off to the nurse who then brought her to me. I was just beginning to cuddle her good when the doctor told her to take her back. "Why? What's wrong?"
"Bella. I need you to push again." We all shouted together, "What?"
"Please, Bella. Just push again." So, I did as he asked. I grabbed both Esme and Edward's hands and pushed as hard as I could. Only this time, I felt pain. I screamed.
"That's it. Just a little more." A cry erupted in the air. The doctor had a huge grin on his face. "Twins! It's another girl!"
Edward and I exchanged a look. "How is this possible? The sonogram only ever showed one."
He smiled as he handed the second baby to the nurse. "Well, it's not normal, but occasionally one twin will hide behind another."
We laughed. What else can you do? First, I'm told I'll never have even one child. Now, I have two. "Edward, what do we name her?"
He looked thoughtful for a moment. "How about Carlie Antonia? For our fathers?"
I ran out into the waiting room. Esme wanted me to deliver the news. I knew just the way.
Everyone stood up as I approached, expectant looks on their faces.
"Bella and Lizzie are doing just fine. Lizzie was 5 pound 4 ounces and 18 inches long."
They gave me a funny look. My uncle spoke up. "Edward, isn't that on the small side?"
I grinned. "Carlie is just as small." Here it comes. "What?" I laughed. "Yeah, that's what we said. We have two little girls. Twins. They are identical in every way except for their eyes. They both have brown curls that have highlights the same bronze color as my hair. Yes, Ali, they already have highlights. But, Lizzie has brown eyes while Carlie has green. They just took them to the nursery to do the full check up if you want to see them."
I didn't get out another word before everyone took off down the hall. I, on the other hand, went back to my wonderful wife's room. I sat down beside her on the bed.
She looked up at me, her eyes half closed from exhaustion. "I love you, Edward."
I smiled and kissed her gently. "I love you, Bella."
We both closed our eyes, knowing that they would be bringing our beautiful girls back soon for their feeding. I knew then, no matter what life through at us, we would make it.
I had two beautiful little girls and a husband that was sent from Heaven. My mother must have really been watching over me.
Esme had left to go to the nursery with the twins while Edward went to spread the news. I couldn't believe how tired I was. Not that it should surprise me.
Edward came back a few minutes later and sat beside me on the bed. I looked up at him, my eyes already half closed, waiting for me to take a nap before the girls came back for their feeding.
"I love you, Edward."
He smiled at me and gave me a gentle kiss. "I love you, Bella."
We both closed our eyes. I knew then, no matter what life through at us, we would make it. After all, I already showed life that I could survive the worst. And, thanks to Edward and my family, I was finally free.
I hope you enjoyed this story. I couldn't help the ending. If you read my other story, you know I'm a sucker for happy endings. Please, review. And, keep checking my profile. Hopefully, I'll have chapter one of my new story up soon.