"I'm going to get you, Jas," yelled Emmett. Jasper came running through the kitchen, scurrying away from his brother. His little legs were carrying him as fast as they could.
"Can't catch me," taunted Jasper, laughing.
"Uh huh!" yelled Emmett as he came barreling through the kitchen a moment later.
I couldn't help but laugh at my adorable twin boys. They were as different as night and day but at the same time, they were the closest friends. Emmett was bigger than Jasper but not by much. He had a head full of curly brown hair that I was afraid to cut in case he lost all those curls. Jasper was leaner than Emmett. He had honey blond hair that hung as straight as it could. Both of the boys had their father's deep blue eyes and handsome smiles.
"Carlisle, get the boys," I yelled as the house phone started ringing.
"On it," I heard him yell back to me just before our sons started squealing. I laughed to myself as I went over and picked up the phone.
"Hello?" I laughed.
"Hey, Esme," greeted my sister, Tanya. "What's so funny?"
"Carlisle's chasing the boys through the house," I explained. "I don't know who is more excited him or them."
"Probably him," laughed Tanya.
"You are probably right," I snorted, stirring the spaghetti noodles I had simmering on the stove. "So what's up?"
"Oh, I have good news. You and Carlisle have been approved to start keeping foster kids," said Tanya.
"That's great," I said, smiling to myself.
"In fact, I have one for you tonight, if you're willing to take her," suggested Tanya.
"Her?" I asked.
"Yes, a little girl around the age of three," explained Tanya. "She was found abandoned outside of the hospital last night. So far we can't seem to find her parents and all she can tell us is that her name is Isabella."
"Poor child," I murmured. "Hang on, let me talk to Carlisle."
"Just call me back," said Tanya.
"Ok," I said, hanging up.
I turned down the heat on the stove before I headed upstairs to the playroom where I knew Carlisle, Emmett, and Jasper, would be. Just as I suspected, the three of them were laying on the floor watching Scooby Doo cartoons on the television. I'm kind of surprised that the three of them still had their pants on. I swear, sometimes I think Carlisle was the biggest kid of them all.
He looked up and caught my eye. I motioned for him to come out into the hall with me, which he did a moment later. He pulled the door to the playroom shut just enough to give us privacy but not enough that we couldn't hear the boys.
"What's wrong?" he asked.
"Nothing," I whispered. "Tanya just called. She said we've finally been approved to be foster parents and if we are willing she has a little girl around the boys' ages for us. So what do you think?"
"It's fine by me," smiled my darling husband. "Do you think we should ask the boys first?"
"Probably," I said, smiling. "This effects them too, right?"
"Right," winked Carlisle.
He turned and pushed the door open. The two of us stepped into the room and settled down on the floor in front of them and turned off the television. Emmett and Jasper both started to whine but I held up my hand to stop them and they did. They were good boys. After I had them, we were told we would never be able to have anymore babies. I had always wanted a big family but had settled on just having my boys. Then Tanya, who was two years younger than me, talked Carlisle and I into applying to be foster parents. After doing a lot of thinking and talking, we agreed to apply.
"Boys, we need to talk to you," I said, quietly. "Daddy and I would like to have a little girl come and stay with us for awhile."
"Like a sweep over?" asked Jasper.
"Kind of," said Carlisle. "Except she would sleep in the guest room while you two stayed in your own rooms."
"Her name is Isabella and she is around your age," I explained. "Auntie T can't find her mommy and daddy so she needs to stay here with us until they are found. Now, it's very important that you two act like big boys and help her while she is with us, ok?"
"Ok, Mommy," said Jasper.
"Yeah, ok," said Emmett. "Can we watch TV now?"
"Sure," I snorted. "Dinner will be ready soon."
Carlisle and I headed back downstairs. He finished making dinner while I called Tanya and told her we would love to have Isabella come stay with us. Ten minutes and a good face cleaning later, Emmett, Jasper, Carlisle, and I were standing in the living room waiting for them to arrive.
The door bell rang and I nervously crossed the room and pulled open the door. There was my sister Tanya, a tall, curvy strawberry blond, with a little girl wrapped around her torso. The girl was tiny, at least compared to my boys. She had long dark brown hair and from what I could see of her eyes, they were brown as well.
"Come on in," I said, stepping out of the way.
"Thanks," said Tanya. I shut the door behind them. Isabella peeked up at me through her lashes but when she saw me watching her, she quickly ducked her head back. "Isabella, I would like for you to meet Esme and Carlisle. Remember me telling you about them?"
"Your sister," she whispered, softly.
"That's right," said Tanya. "Esme is my sister and Carlisle is her husband. They are really nice people who are going to take care of you while you are here with them."
"I want my mommy and daddy," cried Isabella. My heart broke for the little girl. Tanya set her down on the floor and knelt down so that she was eye level with her.
"I know you do, sweetheart," whispered Tanya. "I am trying so hard to find them but until I do, this is where you are going to stay."
"It's ok, Isabewa," said Jasper, moving from Carlisle over to the little girl. He reached out and grabbed her hand. "I'll take care of you."
"Yeah, me too," said Emmett, joining his brother. Isabella looked up at my two boys for several minutes before she spoke.
"Will you play with me?" she asked. Jasper and Emmett smiled.
"Of course we will," laughed Emmett. Isabella looked from the boys and over at Tanya.
"I guess I can stay here until you find my mommy and daddy," she whispered.
"Good girl," smiled Tanya, standing up. She handed me a small suit case. "I managed to scrounge up a few clothes for her but we didn't have much."
"I'll get her whatever she needs," I murmured. Tanya nodded her head and looked down at Isabella.
"I'll see you real soon, ok?" she asked.
"Ok," whispered Isabella.
Tanya hugged her and the boys before headed out of the house. Isabella looked around at all of us, clearly unsure about being here. I looked over at Carlisle, who smiled and shrugged his shoulders. Clearly, he didn't know what to do either. I cleared my throat causing all three kids to look up at me.
"Well, we should sit down for dinner," I said.
Emmett and Jasper both cheered before running into the dining room. Isabella slowly followed them. Carlisle slipped his hand into mine as we followed her in. She stood there at the end of the table unsure of where she should sit. I reached over and placed my hand on her back.
"Sit where ever you would like, sweetheart," I said, softly. She looked up at me with wide eyes.
"Ok," she whispered.
Isabella moved around the table and took the seat next to mine and behind Emmett. I smiled as I went around and sat down. Carlisle and I fixed their plates and cut up their spaghetti for them. While we ate dinner, the boys tried to talk to Isabella about cartoons but she didn't talk much to them. I felt my heartbreaking for this little sweet girl and how lost she was.
After we had all finished dinner, Emmett and Jasper took Isabella up to the playroom. She looked back at me like she was asking if it was ok. I smiled and told her to go ahead and have fun. Carlisle and I cleaned up the kitchen in silence, each of us letting the situation weigh on our minds.
Once we were done in the kitchen, we headed upstairs to the playroom. Emmett and Jasper were in the middle of the room playing with their cars while Isabella was curled up on the couch, fast asleep. I went over and lifted the little girl off the couch. She wrapped her arms and legs around me, whimpering quietly.
I carried her down the hall to the guest room and changed her out of the dress that Tanya had gotten her and into a pair of Jasper's pajamas. They were too big for her but they would work for now at least. I tucked her into the bed and leaned down and kissed her forehead. She barley opened her eyes.
"Where's my mommy?" she asked, her lip trembling.
"I don't know, sweetheart," I whispered. She sniffed again as a tear fell out of her eye. "It's ok, Isabella."
"I want my mommy and daddy," she cried, throwing her arms around my neck. I laid down on the bed next to her. Carlisle was leaning against the doorframe, smiling a sad smile.
"I know you do," I murmured. "I'll hold you until they find them."
Isabella snuggled her tiny body up against mine as she continued to cry herself to sleep. I held her as tight as I could, promising to keep her safe. I was already falling in love with the brown haired girl in my arms.
This is something new I am working on. I have no idea how fast the updates will be coming so please be patient. I just wanted to get a feel for this first chapter.