Well people here it is, I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Now as I've said before we need to give credit, were credits due, so let's give it up for my beta! Dollybigmomma, you have been my rock and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that this story would still be in my head if you had not came across me one day asking questions. THANK YOU, Dolly!
Now without further adieux…
Since that fateful meeting between my sweet daughters on their first day of kindergarten ten years ago, I considered myself one lucky man. We might have started on a rocky foundation and been thrown a few nasty curve balls, but in the end, it had all worked out. What with my pigheadedness and Esme's health scare, I thought we might not ever come together as a family; much less such a large and tightly-knit one at that.
It took me over a year to prove to my Bella that I was never going to leave either her or our daughter. Esme, on the other hand, never doubted me for one minute. I was not certain, but I was pretty sure those two imps had always had a plan and then quite a few backup plans for getting their parents together.
Once Bella said yes, we wasted very little time with an engagement. It didn't hurt any that both Aunt Esme and Alice had been staging their own covert operation that they had fondly named "Cupid's Arrow" of all things. It really was a beautiful wedding, what with both girls walking hand in hand down the aisle towards me with angelic smiles on their faces. Their beauty was only eclipsed when their mother began her own journey down the aisle to join me in our forever.
As part of our ceremony, Bella signed papers legally adopting my Elizabeth, and I signed Esme's new birth certificate showing me as her father. Elizabeth had already started calling Bella momma right along with Esme, who also called me daddy as soon as she was confirmed mine. We were a family now and I couldn't have been happier.
I knew our union would stand the test of time, that we could weather whatever storms came our way. That was over ten years ago and our union had only gotten stronger. As for our family, it quickly grew by leaps and bounds. We had talked long and hard about sex and both of us agreed we would wait until after we tied the knot to consummate our union. We had both learned our lesson. I knew in this day and age some would think it old-fashioned of us, but truth be told, we were scared shitless after what happened last time.
It was a good thing we did abstained, because I kid you not, we were very successful and proficient at baby making. Not only did our chosen form of birth control fail us on our honeymoon, it would seem that according to Emmett, I had mutant "super ninja sperm" which he had made comments about regularly over the last ten years. He and Rosalie weren't much better as they also now had a houseful of kids.
I hated to admit it, but I secretly may have believed him. Not only did I get Bella pregnant, but I managed to make it twins. That's right, but not just once…twice! Yep, you heard me correct, twice. We had two sets of twins, all girls.
First was Peyton Rose and Alice Renee, or Wren as she liked to be called, who were now nine. Both girls were the spitting image of their mother, right down to their chocolate brown eyes, curly brown tresses, and love for all things literature-related.
Next we had our six-year-olds, Violet Marie and Charlotte Vivian. These two were polar opposite of each other, in body and deed. Violet was my cousin reincarnated. That little girl was Alice's mini-me. Now Charlotte, or as everybody called her, Charley, was our one and only tomboy. She loved spending the day with her male cousins and her Grampy. My father-in-law was thrilled to have a fishing and camping buddy.
Just when we thought we were in the clear, the Good Lord saw fit to bless us with yet another child. Yep, you guessed it, another daughter, Juliet Grace, my little 'Crowning Jewel' who had just turned three. And according to Bella, that was the only family jewel I was going to be allowed to keep if I got her pregnant again.
So I can tell you that I wasted no time after Juliet's birth fulfilling my wife's edict, because I knew if ever I wanted to have sex again, I had to do it. And let's face it, I was a man, so hell yeah, it was a given I was going to go 'under the knife.'
That was six months ago and here I sat stunned, looking at the images on the screen as my wife tried to stifle her giggles at my reaction. Apparently, my "super ninja sperm" was not going to go gently into that goodnight, because on that screen were the perfect images of my sons. Yep, sons, plural, as in another set of twins. Boys.
"So, Edward, what's with you and this twin thing?" the doctor asked as he cleaned the gel off Bella's stomach. "You guys seem to be trying to set a world's record for the most number of twin births in one family or something," he teased.
I was still too stunned to say anything. Bella's hand found mine, "Are you okay, Edward?"
"Uh, yeah, I'm fine."
The doctor finished and left the room to allow Bella to get dressed. I sat there still in a daze until I felt my wife's lips on my forehead, "GI Joes instead of Barbies, footballs instead of baby dolls, wrestling instead of tea parties, boy scout meetings instead of ballet classes, father and son outings without having to stand outside the restroom…" Bella listed and the smile on my face grew by the second. I had always been content with our girls, but suddenly I found myself excited beyond measure. I pulled my wife into my arms and buried my face between her already-growing bosoms.
"I love you, Bella. Thank you," I murmured trying not to cry. "Are you going to remove my manhood now?" I questioned suddenly a little nervous. I had done as she asked, but apparently God had other ideas.
"No, but you're not going back to that same urologist. I don't know what happened, but whatever he did, it obviously didn't work."
"Maybe these little guys were just meant to be ours. We're going to have nine kids, Bella," I said taking a deep breath as the realization of this set in. "I never gave a second thought to ever having more than just Elizabeth before you came into my life. I'm so glad you did, though, and I'm so glad you're mine, Bella. I have everything I could've ever wanted."
I looked into my beautiful wife's eyes and knew that was really true, and I wouldn't think twice about doing it all over again.
I can't even begin to thank you all for sticking with me. I know it's been hit and miss this past year, but hey at lest now I can say I finished it. Oh My Gosh people, I did it!
Again thank you to my beta Dollybigmomma for all of her wonderful work and patience. This was such a learning a personal growth process. Now for the hard part, waiting to hear your feedback.
So, what did you think? Be honest with me, because it's the only way for me to improve.
For those of you who have not yet put me on AA. You may want to do that, as I have a wonderful story that I'm working on. It's a 'Period Piece' about second chances and true love, set in the let 1800's.
Widowed Lord Masen is duty-bound to find a suitable wife and a mother for his six young children. The only thing keeping him from fulfilling this duty is a longing for love. He is about to learn that 'sooner or later, everything will be okay!'
So fingers crossed and I will see you on the other side :D