Disclaimer: Do not own Twilight or any of its wonderful characters
Warning: Just as a reminder, this story does contain non-sexual spanking, so if you don't like don't read
A/N: So, everybody, welcome to the final chapter of Drunken Consequences. It is the longest chapter and it does include the Cullen family. I've rewritten portions of this several times since I know a lot of the reviewers were looking forward to the family's reactions, so I hope this meets expectations. If not, well I did my best.
On another note, there have been some concerns about a vampire spanking a human and I have to say that in my stories where Bella is human Carlisle will be the only one administering the spanking because he is the only one with enough control to not cause real damage. He works with humans all the time as a doctor and I'm sure he's had to learn to control his strength so as not to hurt them. I mean, if he's setting a broken bone, he can't be worried about ripping a human's arm off. This is also part of the reason Carlisle spanks Bella on the bare. It allows him to see exactly what he is doing, to further assure he won't cause permanent damage to Bella.
Finally, I do not condone spanking in real life. This is fiction, enough said.
Chapter 13: Family
The second we entered our room I pulled Esme into my arms, taking deep breaths to inhale her soothing scent. She guided us over to the bed before laying us down. I rested my head in the crook of her neck as she ran her fingers lovingly through my hair. I greedily took in all her comfort before lifting my head and pulling her into a loving kiss.
As we broke apart, she stared at me lovingly before breaking the mood. "The others will be here in minutes Carlisle. They called me a while ago and I told them that Bella was in trouble, and that they would need to come home later than they planned because you would be dealing with her."
I groaned tiredly. "And what did Edward say?" I asked.
She sighed and replied, "He demanded to know exactly what had happened and how you were dealing with her and… you know Edward. When it comes to Bella, he is quite overprotective of her. It took both Emmett and Jasper to keep him from racing home straight away to stop you," she said upset.
I sat up, running my hand through my hair in frustration. "I will go speak with Edward before he arrives home", I said while moving towards the window.
"Good luck", my wife wished before I jumped out and raced towards the direction my children would be coming.
I quickly was able to catch their scents as they were coming from upwind. I need to speak with you Edward, I thought to my son. Bella is fine, and it would be better for all if you did not overreact son.
After running for another minute I saw my children standing, waiting for me. Edward glared at me, while Emmett came up and greeted me boisterously.
"Hey Pops! Heard little Bells was a naughty girl while we were away" he stated loudly causing Edward to growl at him.
Watch it Edward, I thought before directing a warning glance at Emmett who immediately gave me an abashed smile.
"So it's true?" Rosalie asked, shocked. "Yes", I responded. "Bella is in trouble and I have dealt with it. What happened between us is private, as it is when I punish any of you, so you are not to pester her", I continued sternly, staring specifically at Emmett and Alice. They book gave me innocent smiles, which immediately put me on guard; those smiles never meant anything good.
"Now, I need to speak with Edward privately, so if the rest of you could head home, your mother is expecting you," I ordered. I watched as they quickly acquiesced before turning to look at my scowling son.
"Edward, what has got you so angry with me?" I asked, even though we both knew the answer.
"Like you don't know!" he scoffed at me. "You spanked Bella! How could you?" he screamed at me.
Edward Anthony watch your tone, young man. You know better than to scream at me!, I scolded him mentally. His face fell slightly at my rebuke, causing him to pause before mumbling a sorry. It's fine, I replied.
My patience was very thin right now and I would not stand for any more disrespect from any of my children. Edward could see this from my thoughts, so when he next spoke it was in a more respectful tone.
"Why Dad?" he questioned quietly, looking at me with wide eyes.
I sighed before answering him. "She deserved it Edward", I said simply.
Edward stared at me as I shielded my thoughts from him.
"I will not give you details, for that is her story to tell. She broke several family rules so I treated her the same way I would have you or any of your siblings had they done the same thing Edward. You know Bella is a daughter to me, so I treated her as such."
"But what about Charlie?" he asked petulantly. "It's his responsibility to punish her, not yours."
I shook my head at him. "I asked Bella whether she wanted Charlie to handle the punishment or I, and she chose me". I showed him the conversation Bella and I had had as I spoke. He frowned lightly before looking down at his feet.
I could tell he was beginning to see reason, so I pushed on.
"Have I ever been too hard on any of you Edward? Have I ever gone too far and truly hurt you?" I asked him.
"Never Dad", he responded quickly. "I didn't mean to suggest that you had- I'm sorry Dad", he stated sadly. "It's just Bella…" he stated while looking at me earnestly. "I know you would never hurt her Dad."
I smiled at my son before pulling him into a quick hug and ruffling his hair. Apology accepted.
"Just so you know Edward, I imagine this will not be the last time I have to punish Bella before her change. I know Charlie is her father, but I am also, so if she breaks any of our rules, then I will punish her my way." I stared at him intently as he began to frown.
"Will I have you fighting me each time, or will you accept it?" I asked him seriously.
He blew out a quiet sigh before looking up at me. "I don't like it, but you're the dad, and it's not my job to tell you what you can and can't do."
I smiled at him before he continued.
"I'm really glad you and Mom love Bella so much. It means a lot to me, and I'm sure it means a lot to Bella. She needs real parents, and you guys are the best there is." Edward finished shyly.
My heart swelled with pride at his words so I pulled my son into a hug. "I love you Edward."
"Love you too Dad", he responded embarrassedly when I let go.
"Come, let's go home", I urged him before we raced off towards our house.
I had just woken up from the searing pain in my backside as I had accidently rolled over. Ouch, I thought, there is no way in hell I'm going to be able to sit tomorrow. What am I going to do?
I looked around the dark room, wondering where Esme and Carlisle were when I heard someone jump in through the window. I jumped, startled and ended up falling out of the bed onto the hard wood floor, which then caused me to yelp in pain.
"Bella, I'm so sorry, are you OK?" a familiar voice asked.
"Edward?" I asked shocked.
The light suddenly turned on and there in all his glory was Edward looking at me concernedly through his gorgeous topaz colored eyes.
"Edward!" I then screamed, jumping into his arms. He hugged me back gently before pulling me into a deep kiss. He, as always, pulled away much too soon causing me to moan in frustration.
Edward then looked into my eyes once more with concern and asked, "Are you alright Bella?"
I looked at him curiously before blushing bright red. He must know about the spanking, I thought embarrassed.
"Yeah", I told him nonchalantly, "I'm just fine".
He looked at me totally unconvinced and rolled his eyes before replying dryly, "Yes, you are perfectly fine".
I was about to reply when the door burst open and in walked Alice, followed by Jasper, Emmett, and to my eternal surprise, Rosalie. I could tell by one look at Emmett's grinning face that they all knew what had happened, so I immediately blushed red, groaned out loud, and buried my head in Edward's chest. Oh, how I wish I could just sink into the ground right now.
"So little sis", Emmett stated, "looks like Pops really layed into you. What'd you do to piss him off?" he asked curiously.
Edward immediately growled at Emmett while saying, "It's none of your business Emmett, so leave her alone!"
At the same time Rosalie smacked Emmett upside the head, while shaking her head sadly at him. "Seriously Emmett, you have no tact whatsoever."
I immediately bit back a grin while looking at her incredulously. Had Rosalie really defended me?
I then felt a soothing calm pass through the room, easing my embarrassment and nervousness. I looked over at Jasper and smiled gratefully, to which he responded with a small smile and nod.
"Bella," I heard Alice state nervously, "I'm really, really sorry for ratting you out!" she pleaded with me. "It's just that I was worried about you and your future was so erratic…" she rambled before I held up my hand to stop her.
I looked at her wide, venom filled eyes and couldn't help but forgive her. "Don't worry about it Alice. It's probably a good thing that you did. Who knows what other trouble I could've gotten myself into.
Alice then launched herself into my arms hugging me in relief before looking up. "So Bella!" Alice stated abruptly. "We're here to cheer you up!"
Edward chuckled softly, while I looked at her bright smile incredulously. "What?" I asked.
Alice rolled her eyes at me before solemnly replying, "its tradition. Whenever one or more of us gets it from Dad, we do our best to cheer them up. And, since this is your first time, we all decided to come cheer you up!"
I stared at each of their beautiful faces and couldn't help but be touched by what she said. "Thanks you guys", I said softly while looking down at my feet. Edward's arms tightened around me and he nuzzled his face into my hair.
"There's no need to thank us Bella, that's what siblings are for", Rosalie said kindly. I stared in shock, feeling warmth spread through me once more. I offered a tentative smile to her which she returned. Wow, I thought, Rosalie finally seems to be warming up to me.
At this point I noticed Emmett was slowly bouncing in place looking at me earnestly, and when I looked at him pointedly he burst out, "So what happened Bellsy? What'd you do to piss off the Old Man?"
I noticed the others looking at me curiously, and even felt Edward stiffen, which caused me to blush bright red in embarrassment.
"You don't have to tell us Bella", Edward consoled. "It really is none of our business and if Dad knew that we were bugging you he'd tan all our hides" he warned his siblings.
I once more felt calming waves overtake me as Jasper said encouragingly, "You don't need to be embarrassed Bella. We've all been on the wrong side of Dad's hand. We won't make fun of you. It just sometimes helps to talk about it."
I watched as the others nodded their heads at me, before deciding to tell them of my adventurous weekend, leaving out only the true reasons behind my acceptance of the party. By the end of the tale, my siblings were all looking at me in varying degrees of awe, shock and sympathy.
Edward had groaned out loud at the end pulling me close to him before burying his head into my hair. "What were you thinking Bella?" he asked causing me to go red.
"Wowee lil' sis", Emmett whistled, "didn't know you had it in you".
Jasper just shook her head sadly at me. "You sure don't do anything halfway, do you Bella?"
"No", I groaned pitifully. "I guess not."
Alice then ran and gave me a hug, while I was still in Edward's arms. "Oohhhhh, Bella! Two spankings!" she exclaimed. "You poor thing" she cooed while wrapping her arms around me and Edward.
Rosalie just stared at me before shaking her head. "You do know you acted like an idiot right? And Dad was right, there's no telling what could have happened to you. You really need to learn to think things through", she said seriously. I cringed as the others nodded in agreement with her.
"You could have been seriously hurt Bella" Jasper stated. "Do you have any idea what that would do to our family? Don't you know how much you mean to all of us? You're not just Edward's girlfriend to us, you're family. You're my quirky little sister whom I love and adore.
"You're my best friend and sister who I can take shopping and play Bella Barbie with!" Alice exclaimed. "No one else will put up with it!"
"You're my little sister too Bella. I know I've been horrible to you, but you've grown on me and I would love to get to know you better", Rosalie sincerely said to me.
"And you're my clumsy baby sister Bells, who makes me laugh without even trying and whom I would do anything for" Emmett stated, for once, seriously.
Edward then turned me around so that I was looking into his face. Cupping my face with his hands he looked into my eyes and stated passionately, "And you are my life, my other half, the keeper of my heart, my reason for living. You are my everything Isabella Swan and I love you with all my being".
I looked down with tears in my eyes, embarrassed and touched by how much my siblings seemed to care about me. "You guys are the best siblings anybody could ask for."
Looking at Jasper I said, "I am so proud to have you as a big brother. I can see how much you care for me and I want you to know that I care just as much for you too".
I then turned to Alice and couldn't help a teary chuckle at her bright smile. "Alice, you're my best friend and my sister. You always find ways to cheer me up and you're always looking out for me. What more could I ask for in a sister?"
Looking next at Rosalie I stated, "I'm so glad that you have finally seemed to have accepted me into your family. I love how loyal and protective you are of your family and so I am honored that you include me and that I can call you sister. I also hope that I can get to know you better now".
Turning towards Emmett, I once again could not help but laugh at his big goofy grin. "Emmett, my teddy bear, you are an awesome big brother. Even though you annoy the hell out of me with your jokes, I wouldn't want you to change. I know you will always have my back and for that I am grateful".
Once more turning back to my love, I stared into his eyes and passionately stated, "I love you Edward Cullen. You are my soul mate. As I am the keeper of your heart, you are the keeper of my heart. Without you, I am not whole; I am but an empty shell. You mean everything to me". The answering smile he gave me was breathtaking.
Turning back to my siblings I then apologized for worrying them, and promised to never do anything so reckless again. They all nodded their heads in agreement before coming up to give me hugs. I had started this weekend out a single child, and now I had 2 big brothers and 2 big sisters; I couldn't be happier.
"I'll talk to Dad about getting you out of school tomorrow Bella", Edward assured me, while the others nodded. I smiled at him in relief, before giving him a peck on the cheek.
After my shocking tale, we all settled ourselves on the floor and I listened to the others talk. They talked about anything and everything, from the hunting trip, to an upcoming shopping trip to Paris, to stories of the first time they'd been spanked by Carlisle. I just listened on to their stories, amused and content in the feeling of love and acceptance spreading throughout the room. The hours passed by, and just as I was beginning to nod off to sleep, Carlisle and Esme popped their heads in.
As I was with Esme, I heard as all my children waltzed into Bella's room. I knew she was awake, having heard her yelp of pain when Edward startled her. I winced slightly, knowing that the yelp was due more to the spanking I had given her than her being startled.
"I hope they don't start pestering Bella with questions" Esme stated frettingly. "You did warn them not to bother her, didn't you Carlisle", she asked.
"I did", I responded before frowning. As we listened in to their conversation, our frowns quickly turned into proud smiles. It seemed our children were trying to cheer Bella up. I beamed at Esme, feeling distinct pride in all my children for having so readily accepted Bella in our little family. I knew of their little tradition to cheer each other up after I had to punish any one of them, so to see them include Bella was very heartwarming to me.
"Awwww" Esme cooed. "How sweet of them!"
I smiled back at her before tuning out of their conversation. This was a sibling moment that did not need to be heard by their parents. It was a time where they could complain about how unfair we were without fear of punishment.
The hours quickly passed as Esme and I lay in each other's arms, exchanging small talk. I was content to hold her in my arms, burying my head into her hair and inhaling her unique scent. It had been a stressful weekend, and although I had not gotten to spend the quality time with Bella that I had wanted to, I did feel that our relationship had gotten much stronger.
As I glanced at the clock, I noticed it was nearing 1 AM. Normally, this would have mattered little to me, but as Bella was in desperate need of a good nights sleep, especially after these past days, I decided to listen in upstairs to see if she was sleeping. She wasn't, I quickly noted. In fact, she and all my children were still in the one room chatting away. I hated the thought of ending the sibling bonding session they had going on, but Bella really needed to get some sleep.
I glanced down at my beautiful wife before saying, "Darling, I need to go clear the others out of Bella and Edward's room, so that Bella can go to sleep. Would you like to join me?"
"Of course", she replied with a smile.
We quickly made our way upstairs and opened the door to find all our children sitting on the floor, with Bella half asleep in Edward's arms.
Edward, knowing why I was there quickly picked Bella up and placed her in the bed, while Alice rushed to tell her goodnight. The others, catching on quickly bid Bella a good night before walking out.
When the others had left we both walked over to the bed where Bella was lying with her arms around Edward. She looked up at us tiredly before mumbling a quiet, "Night Mom, night Dad", before promptly falling asleep. We bid her and Edward a goodnight before heading for the door.
"Hey Dad", Edward whispered to me.
"Yes Son?" I asked quietly.
"Is there any way you could get Bella out of school tomorrow?" he pleaded with me.
I smiled at him before nodding. "I'll call Charlie tomorrow morning and tell her Bella is sick and might as well stay here where Esme can keep an eye on her." My son smiled at me in thanks before I added, "Perhaps you will be sick as well", to which he smiled even wider. I chuckled quietly before closing the door and heading back to my wonderful wife.
I had woken Monday to the feel of my favorite vampire's strong arms wrapped around me. After having our good morning make-out session, he informed me that Carlisle had told Charlie that I was sick and would need to miss school and stay here, so Esme could watch over me. To make things better, he then told me that he was sick as well. I laughed before pulling him into another kiss.
When he pulled away, he looked at me curiously.
"What is it?" I asked, confused by his expression.
"Bella, while you were sleeping, you kept telling me you were sorry…" he trailed off staring at me.
I blushed, feeling tears come to my eyes. Great, I thought; stupid guilty conscience. I knew we would have to talk about this eventually, but not now.
My silence seemed to worry Edward because he looked at me concernedly before stating, "You have nothing to be sorry for Bella, so why were you apologizing? Have I made you feel like I was angry with you at all?" he continued to ramble before I put my finger to his lips.
"Edward, we need to talk" I stated causing his eyes to go wide with panic.
"It's nothing major or bad", I quickly assured him causing his eyes to lose the look of panic.
I pondered how best to start this when Edward interjected my thoughts with a question. "Does this have anything to do with this weekend?" he curiously asked.
I nodded my head ashamedly at him. Alright Swan, I thought to myself, just spit it out. "Edward, the reason I went to the party was to get back at you."
When Edward could only look at me with shocked, wide eyes, I continued. "I was tired of you telling me who I could and could not hang out with, so I wanted to do something reckless and prove to you that humans could be just as dangerous. I wanted you to think that Jacob would be a much better friend for me than Jessica or Mike, after a weekend of me getting drunk." I stated quickly.
Edward continued to stare at me with shock on his face. Tears began to fall from my face. "I'm so sorry Edward, you must hate me" I said tearfully. God, how could I have been so stupid.
When Edward saw my tears he instantly pulled me into his arms, saying "Oh, Bella, I'm so sorry, this is all my fault. I should never have been so controlling with you. And I could never hate you Bella!"
When he finished speaking I pulled away and looked at him. "This isn't your fault at all Edward. This is just me acting like an immature kid who didn't get their way."
Edward shook his head at me and said, "I have no right to tell you who to hang out with and to try and control everything you do. I'm sorry. I knew it had to be something like this", he stated dejectedly.
When I stared at him curiously, he elaborated, "Esme talked to me during the weekend about how it wasn't right for me to control every aspect of your life, and I have to say that I now agree".
I stared at the honesty in his liquid topaz eyes before nodding my head at him. "Does this mean you won't have someone babysitting me every time you go hunting, or that you will let me visit Jake?" I asked astounded.
He smiled at me before wiping the tears from my face. "I still think you should stay here with someone when most of us are gone, but you can see the dog whenever you want."
I glared at him briefly before smiling.
"I just want you to be safe Bella", he told me earnestly.
I looked into his gorgeous eyes and nodded my head. "I know you do Edward, so I'm sorry I acted like a complete idiot this weekend."
"Don't worry about it, Bella", he responded lovingly while pulling me into a kiss.
When we parted he continued, "Besides, Dad already took care of your reckless behavior, and I'm sure you apologized profusely to him" he teased.
I blushed scarlet and glared at him. "It's not funny Edward!" How dare he laugh at me, I thought embarrassed.
His face immediately became abashed and he looked at me contritely. "I'm sorry for laughing Bella, but I was just teasing. I know how much it hurts when Dad wallops you, and I know how much his disappointment hurts as well."
I looked up at him and nodded. "I was a total horror. I screamed at him and I even tried to run!" I groaned to him in frustration.
Edward looked at me with empathy before saying, "You may have done all that, but you know he will always forgive you, right? Dad may get royally pissed at us sometimes, and may take a strip out of our hides every now and then, but he loves us."
I looked at him and saw the certainty and honesty in his eyes and felt better. "What about Mom?", I asked softly.
Edward smiled before nodding. "Yeah, Mom will always forgive you also. She's really good at lecturing us, and making us feel like a bunch of disobedient toddlers when we mess up. She's also not opposed to giving us a few swats when we get out of hand or washing our mouths out with soap for cursing too much. But she loves us all dearly and she'll never let you forget it" he told me emotionally.
I smiled back and nodded my understanding. Although my weekend had not gone at all how I had planned, I would never regret it. My backside may be throbbing like hell, but in time that would heal. However, the family I gained would never go away. I'd known Edward's family cared for me before, but now they were no longer just Edward's family; they were my family.
A/N: Hope you enjoyed my story as much as I did! This chapter didn't turn out as well as I would have hoped, so I hope no one gets too disappointed. Its hard to please everyone at once. Anyways, working on a new carlisle and bella story and i don't know when I'll post it. as of now its called Insomnia but that may change. Well, thanks for sticking with me and thank you so much to everyone that reviewed! I really loved your comments and opinions! So I'll ask once more that you please review!