It had been seven weeks since I was shot and today was the first day I was going to go back to work. I was still on desk duty but it was better than being cooped up at home. I love being with my children but I did miss being at work.
Sitting behind my desk gave me a chance to reacquaint myself with my friends and coworkers as well as trigger a few work related memories.
I had remembered moving here, my first day of work, my first arrest and I believe most importantly I remembered the day that Bella came to the precinct with Charlotte after finding out that we were going to be able to adopt our little girl.
Bella's father Charlie and his wife Sue had come up to stay with us for a few weeks so that we wouldn't have to leave the kids alone. Bella was terrified about leaving them at a daycare and if I was being honest so was I.
We were worried that if we left them at a daycare there was a chance that Edward or Alice might come after them. So for now we would leave the two most precious things in our lives with the people we loved and trusted.
I was going over a case file, a repeat juvenile offender had been caught attempting to break into a corner store after hours and was facing serious charges, when my cell phone started ringing.
"Hello?" I answered the phone.
"Hey Jazzy," Bella sounded happy and I smiled broadly.
"What's up gorgeous? How was work?" I knew from a quick look at the clock that Bella had been off shift for about fifteen minutes and that I only had another half an hour or so to go.
"It was alright," Bella said "Lots of discharges which is always nice. I'm just going to pick up Chinese food and head home. I am not in the mood to cook tonight and I've been craving fried rice all day."
"Craving huh?" I teased.
She laughed boisterously and didn't give me an answer she just said she would see me at home and that she loved me.
"I love you too hon." I hung up the phone and spent the next half an hour trying hard to regain focus but I was ready to go home and see my family.
I was just packing to leave when Paul crashed into my office a thrilled look on his face and I noticed he was slightly breathless.
"What's going on?" I asked.
"We got her," He declared exuberantly "We got Alice."
I dropped the files I was putting in my briefcase and started blurting out "How? Where? When? Did you get Edward too? Did they admit to the shooting?"
Paul sobered slightly and leaned against the wall so he was facing me "She was pulled over for speeding in a school zone earlier this afternoon. The officer ran her name and plates and realized there was an arrest warrant out for her."
"Where?" I asked again.
"On the outskirts of Seattle." He breathed "They brought her in for questioning and booking and she has called for a lawyer. Boss is suggesting we put in a patrol around your house because if she's back in town who knows where Edward is."
"I'm going home now," I said. I was relieved that maybe this horror was coming to an end but with Edward still out there I was worried about not being around my family.
Paul nodded and I grabbed my jacket and briefcase and headed out the door. He followed me and clapped me on the shoulder.
"Drive safe Jasper," He said lowly and then perked up "Oh Leah wanted to know if you and Bella wanted to come for dinner tomorrow night at our place. She's calling Sue and Rose this evening but I figured I'd just ask you now."
"I'll talk to Bella and we'll let you know but sounds good." I said "Thanks for letting me know about Alice and not letting me find out on my own."
I got home and Bella still wasn't there and my heart fell into the pit of my stomach.
"Daddy!" Charlotte leapt from her grandfather's arms and raced to me. I scooped her into my arms and nuzzled into her neck breathing in her sweet scent and I felt more relaxed instantly.
"Where's Cole?" I asked as I gently put my little girl back on the ground.
"Gramma Sue is baving him." She said happily and bounced back to Charlie, her pigtails swinging behind her.
"Jasper what's on your mind?" My father in law asked as he re-settled my daughter in his lap "You look worried."
"I'll tell you later," I said a little more sharply than I meant to "Have you heard from Bella recently?"
"The food was running late but she said she was leaving about ten minutes ago." He explained not even looking up from the book he was showing Charlotte.
"I'm going to hop in the shower," I said bounding up the stairs and pausing a second to glance at the family portrait that had just been rehung in our upstairs hallway. Please God let this nightmare be ending I prayed.
I shed my clothes and hopped into the shower and felt the knots in my shoulders dissipating as the hot water coursed over my shoulders.
After cleaning up and then just standing under the beating water for awhile I wrapped a towel around my waist and exited the shower.
Bella was laying on our bed when I came out of the bathroom and any fears I was harbouring disappeared at the sight of her beautiful hair fanned out on my pillow.
"You're home!" I stated happily and bent over her to plant a passionate kiss on her and I felt her smile into my lips.
"You're home!" My soaking wet husband exclaimed as he bent over me and kissed me. I smiled as he did and twisted my hands into his wet hair.
"Sorry," I whispered as he pulled away "The food took a lot longer than I thought it would take. Dad said you looked stressed." I took in his features looking for any signs of worry. When my dad had mentioned that Jasper looked freaked out I left all the food on the kitchen table to be dealt with later and headed up to our bedroom to wait for the love of my life to get out of the shower.
"I have good news and bad news." Jasper stated as he began to pull on a pair of clean flannel pyjama pants and a white top.
I didn't say anything just waited for him to continue and he laid next to me and threw an arm over my waist before he did.
"Alice was arrested earlier today," He said softly tracing circles onto my bare arm.
I squealed excitedly and kissed him wildly before remembering that he also said there was bad news. "They didn't catch Edward did they?"
He shook his head and I felt tears welling up but I refused to let them fall- at least we were getting somewhere now.
"They're putting patrols by the house every hour now that we know that Edward may be back in Seattle." He continued and I nodded glad that my husband's coworkers were going to be around.
"Come on let's go get dinner," I sat up suddenly as my stomach growled.
"Did you get beef and broccoli?" He asked as we headed down the stairs and got closer to where my sweet babies were playing.
"Of course I did," I rolled my eyes "As if I'd forget your favourite dish."
I grabbed my son from my step mother's lap and he snuggled close "Come on everyone let's go eat while everything's still warm."
I lead the kids into the kitchen and Jasper held back and explained the day's developments with my parents before following me.
We fed the kids and put them to bed and then Jasper and I headed to our room to relax and talk, I really needed to just be alone with my husband. I'd been dying all day to see him.
"Bells are you okay?" Jasper asked as he settled beside me on the bed and flipped through the channels on the TV before landing on Top Chef and stopping "You've been so quiet the last few days."
I snuggled close to him and wrapped myself around him. He leaned down and kissed my forehead "I'm great Jasper. I am really, really great."
He smiled and gave me a look that asked for further explanation of my great mood.
"We're having a baby," I whispered and his face lit up- his grey eyes sparkled wildly with excitement.
"When did you find out?" He asked sitting up and pulling me into his lap. I loved being wrapped in his arms I felt so safe.
"I took the test last week but I wanted to wait till the doctor's appointment to tell you. I went on my lunch break yesterday and he got back to me with the results today." I grinned. We were so looking forward to expanding our family.
"How far along does he think?" Jasper asked and he placed his cool hand under my shirt on my still flat stomach.
"About 10 weeks," I admitted. I had been shocked when I found out how far along I was. Jasper and I had only recently decided to not prevent pregnancy when as a matter of fact I had been pregnant when Jasper had been attacked. "I have an appointment for an ultrasound for two days from now. You'll come right?"
He gave me a look as if to say I was insane and said "I wouldn't miss it for the world. God Bella you just made my day." He laughed and kissed me again.
"I don't want to tell the family for a little while." I said as I shifted back to my side of the bed my head still resting against Jasper.
"I understand," Jasper nodded and agreed with my decision. "God Bella I love you. You make me the happiest man in the world."
He still didn't have a lot of his memories back but he was making progress and I knew that things would get better from here.
Our daughter was finally seeming to be in the clear health wise. Our son was developing completely on schedule and had even said 'gra'pa' earlier today. My husband was healthier, finally, and we were one step closer to having the people who hurt him in the first place behind bars for good. And now the icing on the cake was the fact that we were having a third child.
When I found out I was pregnant a second time I was shocked but happy and when I found out I was further along than I had anticipated my jaw hit the floor.
I had practically been floating on air since my doctor's appointment and couldn't wait until my ultrasound.
I just hoped that life would keep getting better- I can't take any more downfalls on the roller coaster of life.